According to IDC’s preliminary data for PC shipments, the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market declined two percent sequentially but grew three percent year-on-year to reach 29.4 million units in the first quarter of 2012.
HDD supplies had some impact, but the situation improved towards the end of the quarter to help keep shipments up, particularly in the ASEAN region, which witnessed strong vendor-driven activity to boost the channels, said the research firm in a report released today.
"While this quarter's growth was abnormally low, it was good to see that the industry was generally able to work around supply constraints to keep the market moving," said Bryan Ma, associate vice president of Asia Pacific client devices research at IDC. "Looking ahead, there are still some risks around the economy and channel inventory, but there are also a number of public sector projects as well as new platforms like Windows 8 and ultraslim notebooks that can push the market ahead in 2012."
Seasonal slowdown in China pulled Lenovo down this quarter, but the vendor did well in the rest of the region, particularly in India as shipments for a large education notebook project there helped push the vendor up locally, said IDC in the report.
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