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India PC Market Declined 19.9% In Q4 2013; HCL Factor

In the quarter where HCL decided to get out of PC business, the PC market in India, which includes both desktops and laptops, has declined by 19.9% YoY to 1.96 million units. According to Gartner, this is mainly due to declining government spending on hardware and consumers accounted for 49% of the total PC sales in India for Q4 2013. HP continued to be the biggest vendor in India in terms of shipments with 21.3% of the market, up from 16.8% in Q4 2012. Dell has gained marketshare to be the second biggest with 18.6% of the shipments , as opposed to 11.2% it had in 2012. Lenovo gained marketshare, but not enough to hold on to its second position in India. It now holds 15.9% marketshare in terms of shipments, up from 13.5% in the same quarter last year. White boxes, which includes assembled PCs and parallel imports, now account for only 44% of the overall desktop market, a decline of 10% YoY. Meanwhile, mobile PCs, which includes notebooks saw a 27% YoY growth. HCL factor: It needs to be noted that most of these players seems to have gained from HCL's decision to get out of the PC business. The company had a marketshare of 11.6% last year, but holds only 2.5% in Q4 2013. HCL had said that it will phase off its manufacturing business over the next three years as part of a company-wide restructuring following which it will focusing more on services and distribution verticals. The company has been struggling…

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