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Re: Global notebook shipments finally overtake desktops

Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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____/ Terry Porter on Wednesday 24 December 2008 08:03 : \____

Now I see why the sudden spike in troll posts claiming Windows notebooks
with hard drives are really netbooks, and trying to deny that Linux has
50% of the netbook market!

As if there was any doubt in regard to what direction the computer
industry's collective form factor was headed, research firm iSuppli
issued a report today which confirms that the trend towards notebooks has
finally arrived. Thanks in part to the rise of the netbook, Q3 2008 was
the first in which desktop sales were globally eclipsed by those of the

Calling it a "watershed event in the history of the industry," iSuppli's
report caught the turning of the proverbial tables in its third quarter
2008 report on computer shipments. Worldwide notebook sales of 38.6
million edged out desktop PCs by a hair at 38.5 million. In fact, it was
a surprisingly strong quarter that was otherwise marred by a global
economic downturn. "Momentum has been building in the notebook market for
some time," iSuppli's report notes. It continues to state that this is a
"major event in the PC market" because it ushers us into "the age of the

Indeed we saw this coming, as notebooks outsold desktops in the US back
in October, and our survey of the industry in January this year led us to
call 2008 "the year of the laptop." Third quarter 2008 notebook shipments
rose to nearly 40 percent from the same period in 2007, while desktop PC
shipments declined by 1.3 percent. Overall PC shipments rose 15.4 percent
over Q3 2007 to a total of 79 million units, surpassing even iSuppli's
previous prediction of 12 percent year-over-year growth.

Largely contributing to the notebook growth this quarter was the rise of
the netbook: compact, slower notebooks with smaller displays typically in
the range of nine inches. Leading the netbook's march was Taiwan's Acer,
the world's third-largest PC manufacturer behind Dell and HP. Acer's unit
shipment market share grew by 45 percent just from the previous quarter,
and a whopping 79 percent year-over-year, thanks to shipping nearly three
million more notebooks in the third versus second quarter of 2008.

Speaking of the top manufacturers, the big five haven't changed from
previous reports. HP held onto first place in during the third quarter
with a market share of 18.8 percent, shipping 14.9 million units. Dell's
in second with 13.9 percent and just under 11 million units shipped,
followed by the aforementioned Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba rounding out
fifth place.

In light of third quarter shipments trouncing its prediction, but despite
continued economic troubles, iSuppli has increased its 2008 unit growth
forecast by one-half of a point to 13 percent. Its 2009 growth
prediction, however, is at just 4.3 percent.


Check this new one out:

Laptop Shipments Surpass 70% of Japan PC Market

"Driven on by the popularity of low-cost netbook computers, shipments of
laptops have surpassed 70 percent of the Japanese PC market for the first

A year ago in Japan (maybe more) it was reported that PCs were laid aside in
Japan in favour of gadgets, many of which run GNU/Linux. As for netbooks,
almost half of them run a flavour of GNU/Linux.

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The article that Roy quoted states :

"Total shipments for the month were down about 7 percent on November 2007 due to the poor economy but laptop shipments were up 3 percent on the year while desktop shipments dropped 25 percent, said JEITA.

The total value of PC shipments was down 17 percent at ¥72 billion (US$795 million). The larger percentage drop in value than unit shipments indicates the average price of PCs is dropping. In the laptop space the value of shipments fell 12 percent despite the greater unit volume.

The JEITA data is based on shipment figures received from 13 major PC vendors including Apple, Sony, Sharp, NEC, Lenovo, Fujitsu and Toshiba."

Big problems ahead for all manufacturers retailers etc!

How many net-books to you have to sell to for the price of a laptop you sold 1 year ago?

And if everybody keeps running and reusing old old PC's and components sales will drop even further.


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