Dell edges ahead but is PC Monitor market almost dead?

Dell continued to the lead the pack as worldwide PC monitor shipments remained flat during the third quarter of 2014.

Dell continued to the lead the pack as worldwide PC monitor shipments remained flat during the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14).

With shipments totalling 33.4 million units in 3Q14, a year-over-year decline of -5.1%, IDC expects worldwide shipments to remain flat with 33.5 million units forecast to ship in the last quarter of 2014.

"We found modest year-over-year shipment growth for 3Q14 in Western Europe and the U.S. – 4.4% and 4.5%, respectively – two of the largest regions for PC monitor unit shipments," says Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide PC Monitor Tracker, IDC.

"IDC expects shipments in the U.S. to have another quarter of single-digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2014."

According to Hang, monitors with a 16:9 aspect ratio dominated the market with 83.8% share, followed by 16:10 monitors.

Shipments of touch screen monitors continued to see double-digit growth across all eight regional markets in 3Q14 with Western Europe standing tall as the largest market in terms of touch screen units shipped, followed by the U.S. and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan).

Vendors

From a vendor perspective, Dell continued to lead the market in 3Q14 with worldwide share of 15.2% on shipments of more than 5.0 million units and 4.8% year-over-year growth.

Samsung remained the number two vendor in terms of total units shipped and maintained its number one position in terms of total revenue.

Meanwhile HP strengthened its top three spot by growing 4.0% year over year to nearly 4.0 million units shipped and 11.8% share with the vendor's growth boosted by solid year-over-year shipment growth in six out of eight regional markets.

In at fourth spot, Lenovo saw its shipments decline -1.5% year over year, resulting in 9.6% market share. However the company saw its third consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in Western Europe, which is Lenovo's third biggest region in terms of unit shipments.

LG rounded out the top five with 3.1 million units shipped and 9.4% share.

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