Recent research reveals that the worldwide PC market grew by 2.6 per cent year-on-year based on second quarter projections for 2011.
The market research firm IDC estimated that in the second quarter of 2011, PC makers shipped 84.41 million units. Meanwhile research firm Gartner estimated shipments of 85.2 million units and a growth of just 2.3 per cent year-on-year.
According to an article on The Guardian, both research firms concluded that PC sales even fell in the US and Western Europe while the market was driven by Asian countries like India and China.
Hewlett Packard was once again the largest PC vendor, shipping 15 million units. Dell was second with 10.6 million units followed by Lenovo with 10.2 million, Acer with 9.3 million and Asus with 4.4 million.
"Given the hype around media tablets such as the iPad, retailers were very conservative in placing orders for PCs. Instead, they wanted to secure space for media tablets. Some PC vendors had to lower their inventory through promotions, while others slimmed their product lines at retailers," Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner's principal analyst said. Interestingly, both the research firms don’t count Apple's iPad or any of the other tablet 'PCs' for that matter, as a PC device.