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Commercial Portable PC Market Sees Massive Growth Finds IDC

  • 25 May, 2005 11:22

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, May 25th, 2005 – IDC has recently released the preliminary results for the 1Q 2005 Portable PC market. The Portable PC market saw a solid increase of 14% sequentially and a rise of 31% compared to the same period in 2004. This is a very positive sign for the portable PC market as the overall economy is slowing and this market is still performing well.</p>
<p>IDC has found the following key highlights of the 1Q 2005 Portable PC market:</p>
<p>1) Commercial Portables Take Off: The commercial market in 1Q 2005 increased by a massive 19.8% sequentially largely thanks to the education market, and more specifically tenders in the education space.</p>
<p>2) Whitebook is being restricted: The growth in MNC vendors in Australia has made the local Portable market hyper competitive and the whitebook market has suffered accordingly. IDC does not see any growth potential for this market until at least 2006.</p>
<p>3) Widescreen is 'in': 25% of Portable PCs sold in the first quarter of 2005 were widescreen, this is an increase of 6.4% in market share sequentially, and by 14.1% from the same period in 2004. This is an important consideration as widescreen Portables (particularly 15" and 14" widescreen) are permeating beyond their consumer base into the larger commercial Portable market.</p>
<p>Michael Sager, Market Analyst, PC Hardware said, "IBM was the standout performer in the commercial Portable PC market by a country mile. They had a very significant win in the education sector combined with impetus from the Lenovo move which combined to cause massive growth for IBM. Dell was able to grab the second position in this market with its continued strength in price competitiveness. A rising Acer finished just behind Dell in third position as it continues to make headway. Rounding out the top five were Toshiba and HP who are both trying to hold their ground in the increasingly competitive commercial Portable market."</p>
<p>"On the consumer side of the market in 1Q 2005, HP emerged as the clear leader of the Australian consumer market on the back of successful growth in both the Presario and Pavillion ranges."</p>
<p>"After having an absolute standout performance in 4Q 2004, Toshiba found it difficult to replicate the success in 1Q as it slipped to second position. Dell and Acer filled the third and fourth positions, with Dell having success from its cash off offerings and Acer from new retail partners such as Big W. LG was able to finish in the fifth position in the consumer market which is a very positive sign for the vendor as it is a very recent entrant to the local market," added Michael Sager.</p>
<p>Top 5 Commercial Vendor
Portable PC Market Share</p>
<p>Vendor Share:
IBM 17.8%
Dell 15.3%
Acer 15.2%
Toshiba 15.0%
HP 13.1%
Others 23.6%
Total 100.0%</p>
<p>Top 5 Consumer Vendor
Portable PC Market Share</p>
<p>Vendor Share:
HP 30.6%
Toshiba 19.7%
Dell 11.7%
Acer 10.8%
LG 7.3%
Others 19.9%
Total 100.0%</p>
<p>For press enquiries please contact:
Michael Sager
Market Analyst, PC Hardware
Phone: 61 2 9925 2231</p>
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