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Gartner Says India PC Shipments Declined 7.4 Percent in First Quarter of 2016

Mumbai, India, 28th June, 2016- PC shipments in India totalled nearly 2 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 7.4 percent decrease over the first quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.

“Consumers accounted for 45 percent of total PC sales in the first quarter of 2016, down from 48 percent in the first quarter of 2015,” said Vishal Tripathi, research director at Gartner. “There was decline in both the enterprise and consumer segments in buying in the first quarter of 2016. With the first quarter being the end of the financial year for some companies, there were expectations that enterprises would exhaust their budgets. However, it did not have much of an impact on the PC market, and the market continues to face a challenging time.”

White boxes (including parallel imports), which accounted for 28 percent of the overall desktop market, declined 6 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. In the first quarter, mobile PCs declined by 13 percent year-on-year primarily due to a lack of enthusiasm in consumer buying. In the first quarter of 2016, PC vendors had excess inventory that was carried forward from the fourth quarter of 2015. Gartner analysts believe that inventory will be carried forward into the second quarter of 2016.

HP was in the number one position in PC shipments in India in the first quarter of 2016 (see Table 1) due to a strong presence in channels and online consumer purchases.

Table 1

India PC Market Share Estimates for First Quarter of 2016 (Percentage of Shipments)

Vendors 1Q16 Market Share (%) 1Q15 Market Share (%)
HP 25.0 25.8
Dell 23.5 23.1
Lenovo 19.4 19.6
Acer 12.2 10.5
Others 19.9 21.0
Total 100.0 100.0

Gartner (June 2016)

Note: PC shipments include desk-based and mobile PCs.

More information is available for Gartner clients in the report Market Share: Final PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, All Countries, 1Q16.

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