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Worldwide PC shipments down 5.2% in first quarter

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Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.7 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 5.2 percent decline from the first quarter of 2014, according to Gartner.

Lenovo and HP were the only two vendors among the top five worldwide that experienced an increase in PC shipments in the first quarter of 2015.

Lenovo experienced its strongest growth in EMEA and the U.S. It has become one of the top providers of hybrid notebooks, especially its Yoga line in mature markets. HP performed moderately well in the first quarter, and it kept its top position in the U.S. and EMEA.

HP increased share in the U.S., but in EMEA the share delta from Lenovo, the second-largest vendor in the region, narrowed compared with 4Q14.

For the first time in six quarters, Dell experienced a worldwide PC shipment decline compared with a year ago. Dell was one of the vendors that benefited from replacement purchases due to the end of Windows XP support in 2014, but sales slowed as the replacement cycle faded.

In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 13.9 million units in the first quarter of 2015, a 1.3 percent decline from the first quarter of 2014 (see Table 2). This was the first shipment decline in the U.S. after four consecutive quarters of shipment growth in 2014.

HP extended its lead in the U.S. market, as it accounted for 26.1 percent of shipments. Lenovo and ASUS showed the strongest growth among the top five vendors in the U.S., with shipment increases of 13.5 and 10.8 percent in the first quarter of 2015.

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