Acer leapfrogs HP to lead UK PC market


Acer leapfrogs HP to lead UK PC market

Microscope contributor

HP has again ceded the top spot in the UK PC arena to Acer in Q2 despite hitting sales volumes achieved two years ago before the economic meltdown.

Shipments in the market grew 11.5% to 2.86 million units with desktops sales up 9.8% and notebooks climbing 12.3% according to the number crunchers at IDC.

Eszter Morvay, research manager at the market watcher, said HP outperformed all of its major rivals by growing 38% but while Acer rose 19.4% it still achieved proportionately larger volumes. 

"A year ago HP declined 26% but it had strong growth across desktops and portables in both the consumer and commercial sides, it has returned to pre-recession levels," she told MicroScope.

Consumer portable sales - almost one half of the UK market - increased 15.7% in Q2 which benefited Acer as it shipped one and a half more time the number of units achieved by HP.

Continued demand for All-In-Ones also helped fuel expansion of the consumer desktop space which rose 19%, a trend that began in Q4.

Volumes in the commercial PC space are finally moving in the right direction however they were markedly more modest with the retail and professional sectors up 5% and 5.8% respectively.

The other noteworthy development in the market was Dell's continuing struggle in the UK; it suffered a 23% decline as its netbook deal with Vodafone which fuelled volumes in Q2 2009 was not renewed and fell to third place behind HP.

Morvay said Toshiba grew only 6% as efforts to increase ASPs were not well received by end-users or businesses leaving it unable to compete with rivals, while Samsung recorded growth of 29.7%.

Earlier this month, Gartner data showed Acer had overtaken HP in EMEA.

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