Lenovo edges out HP in 2013 global PC rankings

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 06:32 PM

Chinese PC maker Lenovo, which has its U.S. headquarters in Morrisville, is ranked as the No. 1 worldwide personal computer producer for the calendar year of 2013.

Industry numbers released Thursday by International Data Corp. and Gartner Inc. had the company at the top of the list of global PC shipments for the full year, based on preliminary data.

IDC ranked Lenovo at No. 1 with 53.8 million shipments in the year for 17.1 percent of the global market. That put the company ahead of Hewlett-Packard, which had 52.17 million shipments for the year and 16.6 percent of the market.

Gartner had Lenovo at No. 1 with 53.27 million shipments in the year and 16.9 percent of the market, compared to HP, which had 51.25 million shipments worldwide, and 16.2 percent of the market.

“Lenovo is proud that we have become the clear global leader in PCs; we are grateful to our customers for their continued support, and we are extremely optimistic about the future of the $200 (billion)-plus PC industry,” said Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s chairman and CEO, in a statement Friday.

Although the industry data was good news for Lenovo, it wasn’t as good for PC sales overall. Both market research firms cited declines in PC sales in the fourth quarter and for the full year alongside greater tablet adoption.  

“Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. “Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets.”

Lenovo acquired IBM Corp.'s personal computer division in 2005.