Worldwide PC shipments totalled 62.7m units in the first quarter of 2007, a 8.9% increase on the same period last year, said analyst Gartner.
The US, EMEA and Latin America regions performed better in terms of shipments than Gartner’s previous forecast, while Asia/Pacific and Japan shipments were lower than expected.
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But the Asia/Pacific region surpassed the US PC market to take the Number two position on shipments for the first time. EMEA is the biggest market.
The analyst said Microsoft’s official consumer launch of Vista in January, had very limited impact on overall worldwide shipment demand on a quarterly basis.
On a monthly basis, mature regions experienced “a bubble in demand” following its release. Vista adoption was primarily in the consumer and very small business segments of the mature regions, said Gartner.
HP’s worldwide PC shipment growth far outpaced the industry average, with its worldwide PC shipments increasing 28.7% in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, Dell had another difficult quarter experiencing below-average growth across many regions.
While HP and Dell were number one and two respectively, Acer followed in third spot.
“HP was helped by the Vista operating system consumer launch in the mature regions, and it is benefiting from a strong position in the channel,” said Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at Gartner.