Personal computer shipments in India slumped nearly 20% during the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared to the previous quarter. The combined desktop and mobile PC market in the country totalled at nearly 1.96 million units during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner.
“Consumers accounted for 49% of total PC sales in the fourth quarter of 2013,” said Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst at Gartner.
The absence of government orders during the quarter led to the fall in PC sales, re-emphasizing the fact that with current economic sentiments, enterprises are deferring their purchases.
The PC shipments had increased in the previous quarters mainly due to states spending on buying notebooks that were promised in their election manifestos. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu were some of the states that bought laptops in bulk.
White boxes (including parallel imports), which accounted for 44% of the overall desktop market, declined 10% in the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared to the same period last year.
In the fourth quarter, mobile PCs registered a 27% year on year increase.
Dell increased its market share in Q4 2013, owing to strong growth in the notebook segment which increased 49% year over year. This growth primarily came from the consumer segment where Dell grew by 70%.
HP’s market share in the consumer segment grew only by 3%, as compared to the Q3 2013.