Gartner: Apple Mac shipments up 30% in the first quarter of 2007

Apple StoreWorldwide PC shipments totaled 62.7 million units in the first quarter of 2007, a 8.9 percent increase from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The worldwide total is in line with Gartner’s earlier projections; however the geographic regions showed mixed results.

The United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Latin America regions performed better than Gartner’s forecast while Asia/Pacific and Japan shipments were lower than expected. The Asia/Pacific region surpassed the U.S. PC market to take the No. 2 position in terms of shipments for the first time.

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.

Hewlett-Packard’s worldwide PC shipment growth far outpaced the industry average (see Table 1), with its worldwide PC shipments increasing 28.7 percent in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Dell had another difficult quarter experiencing below-average growth across many regions.

“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, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest’s Client Computing Markets Group. “The first quarter of 2007 was a transitional quarter for Dell as the company began a major restructuring project.”

Acer moved into the No. 3 position for worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter. The company’s shipment growth well exceeded the industry average across all regions. Although Lenovo dropped to the No. 4 position, the company achieved its highest year-over-year growth rate since its acquisition of IBM’s PC division.

In the U.S. PC market, PC shipments grew 2.9 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago. These results were higher than Gartner’s forecast which called for 0.6 percent growth. “The home segment continued to drive PC shipment growth in the U.S. market,” Ms. Kitagawa said.

Dell maintained the No. 1 position in the first quarter of 2007 (see Table 2), but its shipment growth was well below the industry average. The company’s results were mainly attributed to its weakness in the home market.

HP narrowed the gap with Dell for the top spot in the U.S. market. Early indications show that HP’s growth was driven by strong retail business and a steady increase of small and midsize business (SMB).

PC shipments in EMEA totaled 21.6 million units in the first quarter of 2006, a 13.7 percent increase from the same period last year. Strong demand in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions bolstered the overall PC growth in EMEA. The EMEA PC market was again driven by strong consumer mobile PC demand. Growth in the professional market was soft with deskbased growth that was particularly weak.

In Asia/Pacific PC shipments reached 15.7 million units, a 10.3 percent increase from the first quarter of last year. The overall market performance was slightly weaker than projected due to weaker deskbased PC growth. In China, the first quarter is traditionally the weakest shipment quarter of the year due to the Lunar New Year celebrations. However, the PC market in China grew 15.2 percent in the first quarter with deskbased PC growth of 10.1 percent and mobile PC growth of 38.3 percent.

Mobile PC shipments also accounted for strong growth in Latin America. PC shipments in Latin America totaled 5.1 million in the first quarter, a 21 percent increase from the first quarter last year. Mobile PC shipments increased 86 percent in the first quarter. Through multiple PC offerings, easier and extended credit, bundling and product bonuses, retail channels continue to capture a substantial portion of the home and small business markets.

PC shipments in Japan surpassed 4 million units in the first quarter, a 6.8 percent decline from the same period last year. Both deskbased and mobile PC segments are expected to register year-over-year declines. The slow mobile PC growth was artificially affected by inventory control for the spring model releases. Some vendors intentionally reduced shipments at the end of the first quarter in order to prepare for the spring models that are being introduced in April.

These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe. Additional research can be found on Gartner’s Computing Hardware section on Gartner’s Web site at http://www.gartner.com/it/products/research/asset_129157_2395.jsp

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94 Comments

  1. @Whiner

    “It’s regarded poorly until the same whiners need America to rescue their pathetic asses.”

    You should be in the state department… When, exactly, was the last time that the US rescued anyone? American intervention in, for example, Latin America over decades has only served to generate enormous hostility to the US. Propping up dictators, and supporting the overthrow of democratically elected governments has not served to endear the US to those who have suffered as a result.

    You sound just like a schoolyard bully. Unfortunately, there are apparently individuals in senior posts in the US government who behave like the 12yr old you appear to be.

    And if you are 12, then go and spend some time overseas. You might come back a wiser, more mature individual.

  2. “When, exactly, was the last time that the US rescued anyone?”

    Australia’s ass was rescued during the Second World War. Thank the USA that you don’t speak Japanese.

    There are currently 80,000 US troops in South Korea and Japan stopping North Korea (or anyone else) trying anything silly in the region.

    America’s strength in the Cold War in Europe and in Asia means that Australia only has a few godless communists in government now, rather than being part of the USSR.

    And how many troops has Australia had in Afghanistan? 500 until recently. That’s really stepping up to your international responsibilities.

    “Propping up dictators, and supporting the overthrow of democratically elected governments has not served to endear the US to those who have suffered as a result.”

    No, but it has endeared them to those who have benefited as a result.

    MDN word remember as in: “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”

  3. @Whiner

    So, you answered my question. 1945. 62 years ago you saved the world! I think its time for a re-evaluation. The goodwill generated by your past national glories has been well expunged by the appalling foreign policy errors of subsequent administrations.

    The 80,000 troops in South Korea are there to further American interests. Economic interests mainly. The Chinese are just as capable of keeping N Korea under control. Perhaps more so. But I am sure the US troops will not be handing over security to them.

    I am sure John Howard will be surprised to be referred to as a godless communist – given he is probably the only friend George W Bush has left in the world.

    As for Afghanistan, our troops are almost all our most highly trained SAS. For a country and economy our size, that (and our contribution to your appalling adventure in Iraq) is more than fair. We have significant numbers of troops in East Timor, and PNG, as well as police in Samoa. We more than do our bit when it comes to our international obligations.

    I cannot think of any peoples in Latin America who are currently endeared to the US. Nor in the middle east.

    Your aggressive and offensive language speaks for itself. You are, in fact, the ugly face of America. If your views have any currrency at all, is it any wonder that America is so widely disliked in the modern world?

    Lets hope that once the current administration is expunged, a new approach to foreign policy will see the US regain the confidence and trust of the nations of the world.

  4. @Whiner

    “Americans became arrogant internationally as well. As millions starved across the globe, Americans threw away enough food each day to feed entire nations. America was generous with some, yes – but, increasingly her foreign policy came to be an extension of her own vested interests. America helped others when it served America to do so. (That is, when it served America’s power structure, America’s richest elite, or the military machine that protected those elite – and their collected assets.)”

    God.

    from Conversations With God. Book 2, Chapter 7
    Neale Donald Walsch

  5. “So, you answered my question. 1945. 62 years ago you saved the world! I think its time for a re-evaluation.”

    Short memory for historical events then?

    Since then America’s been ensuring that kind of thing doesn’t happen again.

    “more than fair.”

    By the end of the Cold War, the US had 1.5 million troops abroad.

    About 0.1% of the American population is posted overseas defending somebody. For you to be providing the same fair share on manpower basis would require at least 20,000 troops deployed overseas. You don’t even come close to that. About half of those troops are in Afghanistan and Iraq, so even if you disagree with those two deployments, you’re still short of doing your “fair share” by a factor of about 10 times.

    Clearly you like to bitch about America’s overseas policy while you live under the protective umbrella that policy provides.

    “Yes, making mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep” – Rudyard Kipling

    “new approach to foreign policy will see the US regain the confidence and trust of the nations of the world.”

    So you need a worldwide shooting war with tens of millions of deaths to prove that America’s doing a good job, rather than destruction of it’s Cold War opponent in a way that cost many fewer lives?

  6. @Whiner

    As I said, most of your troops are defending American interests. American commercial interests. Australia, like most other nations, does not seek to steal the resources of the world for its own use.

    You seem to assume that it is impossible for America to conduct itself without alienating those it seeks to “protect”. It certainly seems that way – but I do not accept that it is necessary.

    And your childish either/or contention that the world should be grateful for American bullying or else face a “worldwide shooting war” is utterly pathetic.

    Rudyard Kipling would never have anticipated the level of ineptness in American foreign policy or the level of corruption in the administration that exists today.

    Instead of assuming that the rest of the world is wrong about the US, you should spend some time understanding WHY the US has made itself so unpopular. It hasn’t happened by accident and people in other parts of the world are not only just as intelligent as they are in the USA, but often better educated, particularly about world affairs.

    Your attitude makes it appear that the US is running a protection racket. Perhaps that is, indeed, a fair assessment.

    In WWII neither the british nor the americans came to our aid when the japanese invaded darwin. had the japanese not attacked pearl harbour the americans may not have entered the war at all.

    You obviously spend no time abroad. You should get out more. Spend some time in Europe and Latin America. Pop in to NZ on your way… Stay clear of the middle east…

    Oh, and take your flak jacket if you intend to take this line of argument with those you meet on the way…

    I pick you for a neocon. One of those nasty, belligerent, dishonest, aggressive, unworldly, uncultured representatives of the very worst aspects of American values.

    Exactly the sort of person you would never want to see carrying a gun…

  7. “neither the british nor the americans came to our aid when the japanese invaded darwin.”

    That’s because the Japanese never invaded Darwin. Learn some history. they just bombed it.

    We should probably inform the remaining living American WWII servicemen that Sydney Stephen’s gratitude does not even outlive their lifetimes.

    “You seem to assume that it is impossible for America to conduct itself without alienating those it seeks to “protect”

    No but it’s hard to kick the crap out of people to protect the world’s interests and have those people love you.

    “Australia, like most other nations, does not seek to steal the resources of the world for its own use.”

    Let that tired Marxist line go. I take you for either an incredibly naive person when it comes to world history and world affairs, or an idiot. It’s hard to know which. Fortunately America is propping up the kind of free society which allows you the luxury of your beliefs.

  8. @Whiner

    You are right – bombed, not invaded. Same diff. No troops.

    No-one is ungrateful to the US servicemen and women who fought with troops from around the world in WWII…

    …but their inheritors who espouse the sort of views that you espouse are unwelcome anywhere in the world.

    …and thanks for giving us all a great first-hand example of the kind of neocon bully boy behaviour that has made the USA so unpopular.

  9. “You are right – bombed, not invaded. Same diff. No troops.”

    Big Diff actually. I can’t believe you’re so ignorant of even Australian history.

    “inheritors who espouse the sort of views that you espouse are unwelcome anywhere in the world.”

    Until that part of the world finds itself in trouble through either famine, disaster or war.

    Someone “invades” Darwin again, you’ll be running to America for help, Again.

    Meanwhile you’ll continue to do your “fair share” at about 1/10 of the level that America is doing it’s “fair share”.

    I look forward to the day you personally stop bludging and do your fair share.

  10. @Whiner

    Blah blah blah blah – you are repeating yourself already. Your arguments are no more convincing the second time around.

    You are not denying the unpopularity of the US. Instead, uou consider the rest of the world “ungrateful”, and you argue that american unpopularity is the natural consequence of america’s difficult but necessary defence of the world from itself. funny how the rest of the world just doesn’t see it that way…

    You, personally, are unable to argue without resorting to intimidating, offensive language – the irony of which escapes you.

    you cannot bludgeon people into liking you. and if they dont like you they will ignore you or oppose you. american influence, trade, investment, tourism – all suffer as a consequence of clumsy, selfish, dishonest foreign policies. and however much you, and your like, whinge and whine that the world is ungrateful, the US is no longer able to use the threat of communism as an excuse to further american interests at the espense of everyone else.

    debate over mate. you are a loser. if you are only interested in gratifying your ego by being belligerent, you will have to find someone else to berate. and if you want to participate in an adult discussion about important international issues, you need to learn to respect the view of others, to discuss a point without using insulting, belligerent and intimidatory language (it doesn’t work – it just pegs you as a bully with an ego problem) and argue a point with a view to learning something – not just imposing your will on others.

    i spend a lot of time in the US. i worked for american multinationals for many years and have many american friends. not a neocon among them of course. i always enjoy my time in the US. but then i steer well clear of idiots like you.

    obama, if he wins, will be the best hope that the US has to restore a very damaged international reputation. but hillary will do.

    the civilised world is, of course, unashamedly liberal. it is interesting, but sad, that in america the word “liberal” become an insult.

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