In run-up to Windows 8, Asia-Pacific PC market declines 5% in Q3

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Ongoing sluggishness in economies across the region continued to weigh down on consumer sentiments, with channels too, choosing to clear out old inventory before taking in fresh stocks for the upcoming Windows 8-based PCs, all leading to an unusually quiet Q3. Fortunately, China managed to sustain its Q3 seasonality, which helped many vendors this quarter. Lenovo remained ahead in the region, relying on aggressive price cuts and promotions to boost shipments in China while also introducing several new models there. HP adopted a similar pricing strategy in China to bounce back from a low Q2. ASUS struggled to sustain its momentum in ASEAN and India, though it more than made up for this with a sharp rebound in its other big market ? China. Dell, similarly, managed to rebound in China after a few quiet quarters, helping to boost the vendor’s overall regional performance. ?With 2012 having been quiet so far, October 26 will carry a lot of expectations, not just for Microsoft but for all PC vendors who are anxious to see the new OS deliver on its promise of fueling another momentum in the PC market,” said Handoko Andi, senior market analyst for client devices at IDC. ?And the good thing is that channels have been anticipating the arrival of Windows 8, which will help shipments in Q4 2012. However, 2013 will continue to be a challenge for PC industry vendors as they still need to jockey for consumer mindshare in a rapidly expanding variety of device choices.” ]]>

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