Gartner has released its data analysing PC sales in the fourth quarter, and it doesn’t look good for Dell (DELL), whose share of the market slipped to 13.2% from 14.2% a year earlier.
What’s wrong? Dell’s been working on sexy high-design products like the forthcoming “Adamo” computer or the Studio Hybrid PC, but consumers still prefer HP (HPQ) computers. The company is also plagued by the popularity of cheap netbooks, a product Michael Dell sees as only ‘complimentary‘ to his company’s core business.
The big winner: Netbook-maker Acer. Lots of interesting data in the report, via AFP:
- PC shipments worldwide are up 1.1%, worst growth since 2002. US shipments down 10% in Q4, worst since 2001. Asia doing poorly too, Latin America hanging in there.
- HP’s market share is 19.1 per cent, up from 18.7 per cent a year ago
- Dell has a 13.2 per cent market share, down from 14.2 per cent a year ago.
- Taiwan’s Acer grew 31.1 per cent last quarter to grab third place, market share of 12.3 per cent compared with 9.5 per cent a year ago.