Notebook sales fall by 19 percent

HP logoIntel’s recent financial results earlier this week demonstrated that PCs have gradually become its Achilles’ heel, and that’s demonstrated by research today that showed global notebook shipments slumped in the first quarter of this year.

Digitimes Research said shipments for notebooks fell by 19.4 percent sequentially, and down 4.7 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

The analysts at DR attributed the fall to seasonality and unsold stock hanging about from the last quarter of 2014.

Hewlett Packard did particularly badly, with sales down three million compared to the last calendar quarter of 2014. Lenovo suffered a three million drop, with others suffering drops too.

But Apple grew its shipment growth from the same quarter last year, while Lenovo also showed strong growth.

Asustek shipments fell by 20.8 percent, with DR attributing this large shortfall to exchange rate problems and to inventory problems.

Original development manufacturers (ODMs) showed a 21.4 percent drop in the first quarter, and also a drop of 12.9 percent compared to the first quarter of last year.