In the pre-Diwali, July-September 2010 quarter, 2.79 million PC’s were sold as shipments to India, of which 1.1 million were netbooks, according to research firm IDC. Notebooks, rather Laptops, accounted for as many as 40% of total PC sales. PC sales at 1.67 million units, were up 27% year-on-year and 18% quarter-on-quarter. IDC estimates market size according to the number of “unit shipments” by vendors, to either distributors or direct consumers. The growth during the quarter is probably an indication of distributors increasing stockpiles prior to the October-December quarter, i.e., the festive season. What’s also interesting is that the rate of growth of mini notebook PC shipments dipped marginally during the quarter. IDC’s Sumanta Mukherjee attribues the overall growth in the market to an increase in IT infrastructure spending from large enterprises.

According to IDC, Dell retained the market leadership with an increased market share of 16.7% while both HP (13.7%) and Acer (10.6%) retained the second and third spots respectively, albeit with reduced market shares. Dell claimed top spot in the desktop sales, with 9.8% marketshare, and 27% of the laptop market. In both segments, HP and Acer were number two and three respectively. IDC expects the momentum to continue in Q4 as well, with the release of revised rate contracts for government sector buying.