Acer drops to number three spot behind Dell in second quarter: IDC


TAIPEI — Taiwanese computer maker Acer Inc. fell one spot in India’s personal computer market in the second quarter but remained in a head-to-head battle with Dell Inc., market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) said.

Acer’s 10.4 percent share in the quarter was the third-highest in India’s PC market in the quarter, trailing Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell, IDC said in a report.

Dell moved into second during the quarter with an 11.0 percent share of the Indian market, after Acer and the U.S.-based company had tied for second place with 13.8 percent market shares in the first three months of the year, according to IDC.

Taipei-based Acer continued to thrive in government and education projects across the country, with large deals in the states of Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan fueling its sales in the commercial PC market during the quarter, IDC explained. Unlike the dogfight for the second and third spots, top player HP posted its highest ever quarterly market share of 34.1 percent in India in the April June period, up from 22.5 percent in the first quarter.

The American vendor’s enterprise PC business was primarily driven by the single largest notebook deal in the state of Uttar Pradesh, and it also led the consumer PC business in India with its well-established channel network and effective pricing strategies, IDC said.

A total of 3.53 million PCs were shipped in India in the second quarter, representing year-on year growth of 24 percent and a quarterly increase of 30.2 percent.

“Special projects currently being executed in states like UP, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu accounted for roughly one-third of the total PC market size in Q2,” said Kiran Kumar, a Bangalore-based research manager at IDC.

“However, the organic demand for PCs in India outside special projects has weakened, which remains a cause of concern for PC vendors. Further, the rupee slide derailed enterprise spending, as the investment decisions remained seemingly delayed across most of the verticals,” he wrote in the report.