NZ PC market expanding, despite global decline

Despite a declining worldwide PC market, New Zealand's expanded by 3.4% in the second quarter, according to market researcher IDC.

Despite a declining worldwide PC market, New Zealand's expanded by 3.4% in the second quarter, according to market researcher IDC.

Compaq accounted for more than a quarter of sales of desktop, portable and Intel server PCs (25.3%, 21,900 units), lifting its share of the market from 20.5% last quarter and 18.3% in the same quarter a year ago. Hewlett-Packard has the second biggest share of the market, followed by IBM and Dell. IDC only reveals the market leader's figures.

Analyst Darien Bird says commercial shipments are keeping sales strong; year-on-year growth is 4.5%.

Sales growth in the portable PC segment is several times that of the market as a whole, at 17.7% year-on-year, or 9.6% over last quarter, to 14,697 units. Toshiba took 30.8% of that market, down from 35.7% in the first quarter, followed by Compaq, IBM and Acer.

Local PC assemblers' share of the market declined from 36.1% to 33.6% over the quarter. However, the country's biggest, the PC Company, had the third highest sales in the desktop market behind Compaq and HP.

The Intel server market grew 1.7% over the year to 2255 units, with Compaq enjoying a 43.4% market share (up from 34.9% in Q1 2001), followed by IBM, Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

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