The worldwide personal computer market continued its steady growth with third quarter shipments in 1996 increasing 16.3 percent over the third quarter of last year, according to Dataquest.
The worldwide PC market is on track with Dataquest's latest forecast, which predicts the market will grow 19.7 percent in 1996. Compaq continues to lead the PC market with 10.3 percent market share. Toshiba had the strongest quarter among the top PC vendors growing 94.6 percent over the same period last year.
"Given that portable computers account for less than 20 percent of the PC market, it's astounding that Toshiba could capture the No. 5 spot in the worldwide PC market," said Kimball Brown, vice president and chief analyst of Dataquest's Computers and Peripherals program.
IBM continues to do well as it moved into the No. 2 position with 8.6 percent market share while growing 27.4 percent for the quarter (see Table 1). Apple continues to show negative growth ratesversus last year's shipment totals, but Apple did increase shipments over the second quarter of this year.
Table 1 Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for Third Quarter of 1996 (Thousands of Units) Q3/95 Q3/95 Market Q3/96 Q3/96 Market Q3/95-Q3/96 Company Shipments Share(%) Shipments Share (%) Growth (%) Compaq 1,485 10.0 1,770 10.3 19.2 IBM 1,170 7.9 1,490 8.6 27.4 Apple 1,286 8.7 932 5.4 -27.5 Nec 695 4.7 781 4.5 12.4 Toshiba 387 2.6 753 4.4 94.6 Others 9,802 66.1 11,514 66.8 17.5 Total 14,825 100.0 17,240 100.0 16.3 Source: Dataquest (October 1996)
The United States PC market grew 12.5 percent during the third quarter of this year, but it should be noted that the x86 segment of the U.S. PC market grew more than 20 percent.
Compaq led the U.S. PC market as shipments increased 33.4 percent over the same period last year. Apple and Packard Bell showed the largest decline among the top U.S. PC vendors with 37.6 and 26.2 percent declines, respectively (see Table 2). The combination of NEC, Packard Bell and Zenith Data Systems shipments would place them second in the U.S. market.
"It appears that IBM's consumer offerings are catching Packard Bell in their strongest market," said Bill Schaub, director of Dataquest's worldwide tracking programs. "Apple's recently announcedprice cuts could provide an upside to our forecast for the fourth quarter and the year."
Table 2 Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for Third Quarter of 1996 (Thousands of Units) Q3/95 Q3/95 Market Q3/96 Q3/96 Market Q3/95-Q3/96 Company Shipments Share(%) Shipments Share (%) Growth (%) Compaq 727 12.2 970 14.4 33.4 Ibm 493 8.8 612 9.1 24.1 Packard Bell(a) 711 11.9 525 7.8 -26.2 Apple 788 13.2 492 7.3 -37.6 Dell 264 4.4 489 7.3 85.2 Others 2,996 50.1 3,637 54.1 21.4 Total 5,980 100.0 6,725 100.0 12.5
Note: Percentages don't add to 100.0 in Q3/95 due to rounding. (a) Packard Bell branded systems only Source: Dataquest (October 1996)
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