Global workstation market continues to grow in 3rd quarter of 2014

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workstation Worldwide shipments were up 7.6 percent year-over-year to 930,894 units, making this the sixth consecutive quarter of positive growth in a competitive market, dating back to the second quarter of 2013. The previous quarter (2Q14) remains one of the fastest growing workstation quarters on record with double-digit growth of 12.0 percent and total shipments that were more than 9,000 units greater than 3Q14. Geographically, the Middle East and Africa with 3.3 percent of the market grew the fastest at 39.3 percent year-over-year, its second consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. Latin America grew at a double-digit rate for the third consecutive quarter, ending 3Q14 with 31.6 percent year-over-year growth and 2.7 percent of the market. The US and Western Europe captured overall market shares of 39.2 percent and 25.1 percent, respectively, and grew 6.7 percent and 2.1 percent year-over-year, respectively. “The overall workstation market is expected to continue growing,” said Ebenezer Obeng-Nyarkoh, senior research analyst at IDC. “And customer demand for workstations, as an alternative to PCs, will be driven by performance, graphic capability, and reliability.” Vendor highlights With limited players in the market, the overall desktop workstation market, including all-in-ones, blade, rack, and traditional desktops, experienced flat year-over-year growth. HP remained the number 1 vendor in the desktop workstation market with 45.8 percent share despite a year-over-year decline of -3.0 percent in shipments, which caused it to lose 1.4 points of market share compared to a year ago. The number 2 desktop vendor Dell beat market expectations with 2.0 percent year-over-year growth and a 36.6 percent share of the global market, a gain of 0.7 points of market share. Lenovo remained the number 3 desktop workstation vendor with year-over-year growth of 24.8 percent, its fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. Lenovo gained a remarkable 2.3 points of market share from a year ago, ending the third quarter with an 11.7 percent share of the worldwide market. Fujitsu and NEC finished in the number 4 and 5 positions, respectively, with single digit market share and NEC performing above the market average in terms of year-over-year growth. ]]>

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