Worldwide PC monitor shipments totaled 34 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), a year-over-year decline of -4.4 percent yet 1.3 percent more than forecast, according to research firm IDC.
“For consumer-oriented vendors like Samsung and LG the holiday season helped fuel the sector. Shipments were also bolstered by high volumes of renewals for devices still running Windows XP in both the public and private sectors,? said Phuong Hang, director for worldwide trackers at IDC.
?Geographically, Western Europe, the second largest regional market in terms of units shipped, experienced year-over-year gain for the fourth consecutive quarter, recording 8.4 percent growth in the last quarter of 2014.”
Looking ahead to the first quarter of 2015, IDC is forecasting a year-over-year decline of -10.4 percent in worldwide shipments to 30.3 million units. IDC anticipates around 123 million PC monitor units will be shipped for full year 2015.
By 2019, worldwide shipments are expected to see less than 103.5 million units, as the adoption of mobile devices at lower price points is expected to continue.
? LED backlight technology adoption continues to increase with 97.6 percent market share in 4Q14. This represents a year-over-year increase of 7.9 percentage points.
? Screen size of 21.x-inches wide has held the largest worldwide share for the last nine quarters, with 22.5 percent share in 4Q14.
? Monitors with TV tuners are expected to grow 2.6 percent year over year to 6.5 percent market share in 2015, up from 5.8 percent in 2014, led by LG and Samsung with a combined market share of 99 percent in this category.
Dell ? Dell stayed in the top position in 4Q14 with worldwide market share of 15.2 percent on shipments of more than 5.0 million units. The vendor enjoyed year-over-year growth in all regions except for Japan and Latin America.
Samsung ? Samsung strengthened its number 2 position with 3.1 percent year-over-year growth to 4.3 million units shipped. The vendor recorded year-over-year growth in each of its top regional markets, including Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Western Europe, and Central & Eastern Europe.
HP ? HP saw more than 4 million units shipped, resulting in 11.8 percent share in 4Q14. Year-over-year unit increases of 9.5 percent in Western Europe and 23.3 percent in Latin America were not enough to offset the vendor’s year-over-year decline of -5.8 percent in the global market.
Lenovo ? Lenovo remained fourth with more than 3.6 million units shipped and 2.2 percent year-over-year growth. Lenovo sawyear-over-year gains in five out of eight regional markets, with Western Europe leading the pack at 27.5 percent year-over-year growth.
LG ? LG rounded out the Top 5 in 4Q14 with 9.2 percent market share worldwide. LG?sbiggest year-over-year gains were in Western Europe and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) with 12.6 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively.