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Hewlett-Packard (HP) regained the number one spot in the Indian PC market in the second quarter of 2014, a position it had ceded to Dell during the previous quarter.
According to IDC, HP's market share for the second quarter stood at 29.5% against 20.4% in the first quarter. According to the technology research body, HP's execution of large education deals in Tamil Nadu ensured the spurt in growth. The company was equally supported by growth in its consumer business too. Price competitiveness and well-spread partner coverage has been HP's key strength, IDC stated.
Dell slipped to the second spot with a market share of 19.1% compared to 23.1% in the previous quarter. However, IDC said that Dell continues to record substantial growth owing to its recent channel realignment, improved management of its partners, investment on quality resources and the addition of new partners both in SMB and enterprise business.
Lenovo took the third spot with 13.9% market share. IDC said it made a recovery in the second quarter after initial concerns around inventory fillings and channel engagement measures. The growing focus on mid-market accounts and expanding coverage should boost its growth in the commercial segment in the coming months, it said.
Overall PC shipments in India in the second quarter of 2014 stood at 2.55 million units, recording quarter-on-quarter growth of 23.6% with the market remaining in an upbeat mood, according to IDC.
IDC said the market was buoyed by business purchases as well as channel intake of low-priced PCs at the end of the quarter. The commercial PC segment emerged stronger with 1.38 million units shipped in Q2, quarter-on-quarter growth of 34.5% over Q1 of 2014.
IDC said that against the last calendar year, business prospects are expected to remain moderately better in coming six months, adding that a clear mandate in elections signalled a mark of recovery in the economy. “The overall senti ment has picked up and IDC observes improved discretionary spending from consumers across devices. It is expected to have a positive influence on the market as we enter the festival season starting Onam,” said, Manish Yadav, market analyst, client devices, IDC India.