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NC power Lenovo takes PC crown

Posted July 10, 2013
Updated July 11, 2013

— Lenovo, the computer maker with international executive headquarters in Morrisville and some 2,000 employees across the Tar Heel state is officially the world's largest seller of PCs, the company announced late Wednesday.

The victory comes at a time when worldwide shipments of personal computers are dropping – 11 percent in the April-June period, according to data from research firms Gartner and IDC – as people continued to migrate to tablets and other mobile devices.

Gartner Inc. said Wednesday that the PC industry is now experiencing the longest decline in its history, as shipments dropped for the fifth consecutive quarter. Computer makers shipped 76 million PCs in the April-June period, down from 85 million in the same three months of 2012, according to Gartner.

Lenovo sales make up 16.7 percent of that global market.

“We are proud that Lenovo has become the clear world leader in PCs, and we are grateful to our customers and to our global team for this success. Even in the toughest PC market ever, Lenovo has not only gained share, but we have steadily improved profitability," said Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing in a statement.

Gartner's Mikako Kitagawa said inexpensive tablets are displacing low-end computers in "mature" markets such as the United States. In emerging markets like China, meanwhile "inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market," she added.

Yang acknowledged the shifting market and Lenovo's plans for continued growth.

“PC leadership is just one milestone in a longer journey to become a true leader in the 'PC Plus' market, which includes tablets, smart phones, smart TVs and other 'smart connected' devices," he said.  

IDC said the numbers "reflect a market that is still struggling with the transition to touch-based systems running Windows 8." Microsoft Corp.'s latest operating system launched in October and sales have disappointed analysts.

But Kitagawa said that while "Windows 8 has been blamed by some as the reason for the PC market's decline, we believe this is unfounded as it does not explain the sustained decline in PC shipments."

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  • readme Jul 11, 2013

    Great news!

  • junkmail5 Jul 11, 2013

    I have had and still have several computers and never once have I even considered them- superman

    Why?

  • superman Jul 11, 2013

    I have had and still have several computers and never once have I even considered them when I purchase a computer. Dell has been the best brand for me and as for Windows 8. Love using it and dont plan to switch. My first computer was an Atari so I go back many years. It used a 5 1/4 plastic disk and I remember updating to a 30 mg hard drive. Windows 3.1.

  • hopeisnotlost Jul 11, 2013

    Some are built in Whitsett.

  • icmfal Jul 11, 2013

    it is so nice that the People's Republic of China is doing so well.

  • junkmail5 Jul 11, 2013

    Oh BTW as other people mentioned the pc and laptops are not built here but in China.
    Nino Greaminell

    then those other people aren't entirely accurate.

    Many ARE built in China (as most computers are by every company), some are built in other countries too... but SOME are built right here in North Carolina too.

    Too add to this just recently interviewed for Lenovo they will not hire permanent employees from this area, you are under a rolling contract from year to year that offers no health insurance or PTO benefits- Nino

    Possibly for the specific position you interviewed for... that's not the case with all positions.

  • Nino Greaseminelli Jul 11, 2013

    "That's awesome! We have a ton of very smart, deserving, capable people in this area to make any company successful. We should never have high unemployment!"

    And they just laid off a bunch of employees and sent their jobs to China. Oh, I guess people have already forgot about that.....

    Too add to this just recently interviewed for Lenovo they will not hire permanent employees from this area, you are under a rolling contract from year to year that offers no health insurance or PTO benefits.

    Oh BTW as other people mentioned the pc and laptops are not built here but in China.

  • hopeisnotlost Jul 11, 2013

    "That's awesome! We have a ton of very smart, deserving, capable people in this area to make any company successful. We should never have high unemployment!"

    And they just laid off a bunch of employees and sent their jobs to China. Oh, I guess people have already forgot about that.

  • hi_i_am_wade Jul 10, 2013

    Lenovo is one of the few companies that still sell Windows 7 computers. That is why they are doing well. Windows 8 is horrible.

  • trianglerelic Jul 10, 2013

    Awesome. Glad to see them doing well.

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