Acer, Asustek PC shipments ranked 5th and 6th globally

Taipei, Oct. 13 (CNA)-Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc., two of Taiwan’s leading personal computer brands, ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, in terms of global PC shipments in the third quarter of the year, according to market information advisory firm Gartner Inc.

In a recent research report, Gartner said Acer shipped 4.07 million PCs in the July-September period, the fifth highest number, accounting for 6.1 percent of the global shipments. Asustek, meanwhile, shipped 4.01 million units in the third quarter to take a 6.0 percent share of the global PC market, which put its ranking at 6th, Gartner said.

However, the two Taiwanese brands underperformed the broader global market’s year-on-year growth of 0.1 percent, Gartner said, adding that total third-quarter shipments were 67.21 million units.

Acer’s third-quarter shipments were 15.9 percent lower than a year earlier, while Asustek’s showed a 5.7 percent decline, according to the advisory firm. “The PC market continued to be driven by steady corporate PC demand, which was driven by Windows 10 PC hardware upgrades,” Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in the report. “We expect the Windows 10 upgrade cycle to continue through 2020 at which point the upgrade demand will diminish.”

The analyst said that despite the typically strong third-quarter sales of consumer PCs in the back-to-school season, demand in that segment of the market remained weak, offsetting the strong sales in the business sector.

In the report, China’s Lenovo Group Ltd. was ranked as the top global PC supplier in the third quarter, with shipments of 15.89 million units, a 10.7 percent increase from a year earlier. Lenovo’s global market share increased to 23.6 percent from 21.4 percent a year earlier.

U.S.-based HP Inc. was second with third-quarter shipments 14.63 million units, a year-on-year growth of 6.2 percent, and a market share of 21.8 percent, the report showed. American companies Dell Inc. and Apple Inc. took the third and fourth spots, with shipments of 10.74 million units and 4.93 million units, respectively, and market shares of 16.0 percent and 7.3 percent, according to the report.