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PC Shipments Surpass Expectations in Q3

Australian PC shipments have increased for the first time in 2016, with year-on-year growth of 3.5% in the third quarter driven primarily by the commercial segment.

992,000 units were shipped in Q3, surpassing forecasts by approximately 7% according to the latest figures from IDC’s Asia Pacific Quarterly PC Tracker.

The commercial segment saw growth of 6% year-on-year attributed mainly to deployments in state education departments, while early inventory for holiday shopping pushed consumer growth of 1% year-on-year.

HP is the big winner of Q3 2016, with the company increasing its market share by approximately 4.8% from Q3 2015 to 28.1%. Meanwhile Apple lost 5.3% over the same time period, falling to 12.8% of the market share.

“Seasonal impact seemed to have been minimal, as the market bounced back after a sluggish start in the first half of the year due to Dick Smith and Toshiba exiting from the market,” said IDC Australia client devices analyst Sagar Raghavendra.

Convertible devices saw massive growth of 91% year-on-year, with Mr Sagar noting that “increasing number of corporate and public sector agencies are deploying convertibles in large numbers.”

Lenovo had the second highest market share at 18.8%, while Dell is third with 15.5%. Acer’s consistent performance with consumers saw a 1.5% gain in Q3 to 10.8% of the market share.

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