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Indian PC market touches 3.4 million units in Q3 2020: IDC report

Talking about the specifics, the report noted that the notebook shipments grew at a strong 70.1% year-on-year as enterprises preferred them over desktops.
Talking about the specifics, the report noted that the notebook shipments grew at a strong 70.1% year-on-year as enterprises preferred them over desktops. (Pixabay)

The Indian traditional PC market inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations delivered a strong quarter with 9.2% year-over-year growth in the third quarter of 2020 between July and September

The Indian personal computer market touched a new milestone in the third quarter of 2020 by shipping 3.4 million units of PCs. This was the biggest quarter in the last seven years, research and analytics firm IDC said in its latest report.

The Indian traditional PC market inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations delivered a strong quarter with 9.2% year-over-year growth in the third quarter of 2020 between July and September, the report said adding that while the commercial segment had very few government and education projects, the consumer segment recorded its biggest quarter ever with nearly 2 million shipments. The commercial PC segment reported a 41.7% growth year-on-year that is 167.2% up from the previous quarter.

The report also noted that there was an increase in demand for consumer notebooks especially in large cities as schools and colleges continued to function virtually. What’s more despite the supply constraints, PC vendors were able to stock up for the upcoming online festivals.

What’s more? The report noted that while Q3 2020 remained the strongest quarter in a long time, the fourth quarter of the year between October and December is expected to carry forward this momentum and present a strong growth trajectory yet.

As far as the commercial PC segment is concerned, the enterprises continued investing in PCs under their business continuity planning to manage their remote working requirements. However, the volume came down in this quarter compared to the second quarter of the year. This led to a marginal 3.1% year-on-year growth in the overall enterprise segment.

Talking about the specifics, the report noted that the notebook shipments grew at a strong 70.1% year-on-year as enterprises preferred them over desktops. The small and medium businesses resumed their purchases after taking a slight pause, as business operations started for most of the sectors with a relaxation in the lockdown restrictions. Shipments to this segment grew 5.5% year-on-year in the third quarter of the year 3Q20.

Coming to the top PC vendors in India, HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Asus remained the top five vendors in India. HP Inc retained the top position in the overall PC market with a share of 28.2% in 3Q 2020. It recorded a strong quarter in both consumer and commercial segments with a 16.6% increase in shipments when compared to the same time a year ago. It also remained the leader in the consumer segment. However, its market share fell to 24.2% in 3Q 2020 from 28.2% in 2Q 2020.

Lenovo, on the other hand, was marginally ahead of Dell, which stood at the third spot, with a share of 21.7% in its overall shipments. It witnessed a 27% YoY growth in the consumer segment and a 46.2% growth in its SMB shipments. Overall, Lenovo’s shipments fell 16.9% YoY.

Dell, as mentioned before, stood on the third spot, with a share of 21.3% in the overall PC market as its shipments grew 18.2% YoY in 3Q 2020. It witnessed a 74.6% YoY increase in its shipments. Similarly, Acer retained the fourth position with a 9.5% market share in 3Q 2020. However, it registered a 12.4% decline in its overall shipments. It continued to dominate the commercial desktop category with a 27.1% share in 3Q 2020. Lastly, Asus maintained the fifth position. It registered a 55.4% YoY growth in its overall PC shipments.

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