Nearly 3.2 million units of desk-based and mobile PC devices were shipped in the third quarter of 2013 in India, according to a new report. The market grew 7.9% for the quarter, said the Gartner report.
“Sales was largely driven by some large government orders in an otherwise sombre economic atmosphere,” Gartner siad. As compared to the corresponding quarter last year, PC maker HP doubled its market share while Lenovo, Dell, Acer & HCL saw their market share drop.
HP had won a large deal from the Uttar Pradesh government to supply over 5 lakh laptops to students in the state. Acer at the same time, had won deals from the governments in Tamil Nadu & Rajasthan.
HCL Infosystems recently announced that it will shut down its PC manufacturing business, as it continued to make losses for the BSE listed company.
In an earlier report, MAIT, a body representing India’s IT hardware sector said that tablets are cannibalizing personal computer sales. The report said tablet sales grew over 424% year on year while personal computer sales between April 2012 – March 2013 grew merely 5%.