PC sales up year on year, HP regains top slot

HP has regained the crown as India’s number PC and laptop brand, nearly a year after it first lost the laptop crown to Dell.

HP’s marketshare zoomed to 17.3% from below 15% during the previous quarter while Dell’s share hovered around the 14% mark.

Acer remained at the third place at 11.5% during the quarter.

Overall PC sales were up 26% year-on-year during the quarter, but dropped 11% compared to the September quarter and reached 2.49 million units.

In terms of desktop PC sales HP and HCL were statistically tied for first position with shares* of 10.86% and 10.78%, respectively; Acer came at the third spot during 4Q 2010.

For notebook PC sales, HP reclaimed its position at the top with a market share of 26.2% in 4Q 2010; Dell and Acer notched the second and third places, respectively.

“2010 has been an impressive year of recovery for the India PC market after a dismal 2009. While consumers have been the main architects of this recovery, it has been ably supported by renewed buying sentiment displayed by the SMB and government segments”, stated Sumanta Mukherjee, Lead PC Analyst, IDC India.

The growth rate is nearly four times the global average.

“The very large business and large business space experienced a healthy demand for PCs as the global economy started stabilizing, stimulated by the revival of the IT-ITeS vertical among others. This trend triggered a fresh round of investments in IT infrastructure”, added Sumanta.

“Sales of Atom processor-based mini notebook PCs are likely to come under increasing pressure, as competitive offerings of rivals start becoming available in March 2011. Emergence of Media Tablets will also impact this category in the long run”, Sumanta said.