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Lenovo’s PC shipments rise strongly in U.S., but decline overall

Lenovo assemblers each install parts and do constant quality control checks during a run of notebooks at the Whitsett ThinkCentre manufacturing facility in Whitsett, NC. (N&O File photo)
Lenovo assemblers each install parts and do constant quality control checks during a run of notebooks at the Whitsett ThinkCentre manufacturing facility in Whitsett, NC. (N&O File photo) hlynch@newsobserver.com

No. 1 PC maker Lenovo enjoyed robust growth in the U.S. market in the second quarter, but not enough to offset a decline in PC shipments in other markets, according to the latest data from market research firm IDC.

Lenovo’s U.S. shipments rose 14.7 percent in the second quarter, boosting its market share to 14 percent, up from 12.8 percent a year ago, IDC reported.

Lenovo ranked third in U.S. shipments behind HP and Dell. Total PC shipments in the U.S. market rose 4.9 percent.

Lenovo, which is based in China but has a headquarters in Morrisville, employs about 3,000 workers in the Triangle. The company has been struggling – revenue declined 19 percent in the quarter that ended March 31 – as a result of slumping PC sales and a precipitous drop in smartphone shipments in China.

In the second quarter, according to IDC, Lenovo’s worldwide PC shipments fell yet again.

The company’s overall PC shipments fell 2.3 percent and, as a result, its lead as the top-selling PC maker shrunk significantly. It marked the fifth consecutive quarter that Lenovo’s global PC shipments have declined, according to Gartner, another market research firm that also issued PC shipment numbers on Monday.

Lenovo’s 21.2 percent global market share was just four-tenths of a percentage point over No. 2 HP. A year ago, Lenovo was 1.8 percentage points ahead.

At the same time, however, Lenovo’s market share actually rose five-tenths of a percent, up from 20.7 from a year ago, because of the overall market’s decline.

“We’re pleased that our winning streak of being No. 1 in PC market share continues,” said Lenovo spokesman Ray Gorman. He also noted that Lenovo’s publicly stated goal is to expand its worldwide PC market share to 30 percent and “we’re confident that we’re going to get there.”

Worldwide PC shipments from all manufacturers fell 4.5 percent in the second quarter. That, nonetheless, was better than IDC’s forecast that shipments would decline 7.4 percent.

“Our long-term outlook remains cautious,” Loren Loverde, vice president at IDC, said in a statement. “However, the strong results in the U.S. offer a glimpse of what the market could look like with pockets of growth and a stronger overall environment.”

David Ranii: 919-829-4877, @dranii

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