Articles about Laptop Sales

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Tablet and laptop sales neck and neck

Brits bought as many tablets as laptops in August, market watcher GfK said today. Good news for tablet proponents, that, but not for the folk making and selling computer kit. They make less money selling slabs than notebooks. So while notebooks accounted for 33.6 per cent of IT sales revenue in August 2012, down from 34.5 per …
Tony Smith, 28 Sep 2012
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The iPad is killing laptop sales

iPad sales are slashing laptop sales by as much as 50 per cent, according to the boss of US retailer Best Buy. Announcing sales of $11.3bn and profits of $254m for the second quarter Best Buy's chief executive Brian Dunn said internal research showed half of potential laptop buyers had chosen an iPad instead of a traditional …
John Oates, 17 Sep 2010
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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will require daily charging thanks to its poor battery life, Apple CEO Tim Cook has admitted. The daily maintenance is reminiscent of the bad old days when timepieces needed to be wound up to keep them ticking. Speaking at a live Q+A, the Apple boss said: "We think people are going to use it so much you will end …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Oct 2014

SCCs, MIDs to achieve laptop-matching sales by 2013

Computer buyers will together acquire some 10m Small, Cheap Computers and handheld net browsers this year, but five years from now the total will have rocketed to 200m. So claims market watcher ABI Research, which reckons that volume of demand will value the market for these devices at $27bn come 2013. Interestingly, while the …
Tony Smith, 25 Sep 2008
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Ultrabook demand soars Stateside

That Ultrabooks have grabbed almost 11 per cent of the $700-and-up Windows notebook market in the US during the first five months of the year sounds impressive, until you realise how small that market segment is. The statistic above comes from US retail market watcher NPD. It said Ultrabooks' share of the $700-plus segment has …
Tony Smith, 29 Jun 2012

Wanted! 4m-plus PC purchases to halt industry decline

The PC industry needs YOUR help! Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Sony, Apple, Lenovo, Toshiba and co. require stout - and well-heeled - lads and lasses to pop out and buy just over four million machines before the end of December 2012 and prevent world PC sales slipping year-on-year for the first time in more than a decade. That is what’ …
Tony Smith, 11 Oct 2012

More brutal PC numbers from Dell as revenues stay flat, profits sink

Dell announced its second-quarter earnings for fiscal 2014 on Thursday – five days early – and delivered a report that met analysts' expectations but once again showed a company struggling to remain profitable in the face of woeful trends in the PC industry. This was the second quarter in a row that Dell announced its results …
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2013

Acer trumped Dell in Q4 07 world laptop sales

Acer nudged Dell into third place in the world notebook sales chart for the last quarter of 2007, but the market leader, HP, and up-and-coming Asus experienced the most growth. So state stats released this week by market watcher DisplaySearch. HP shipped 20.1 per cent of all the laptops that left manufacturer warehouses in Q4 …
Tony Smith, 06 Mar 2008
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Tablets are the future of the PC, says researcher

Ask Frank Gillett, a researcher with market watcher Forrester, whether tablets are going to dominate how people interact with content and the internet - what most folk do with laptops and such - and the answer is a resounding 'yes'. He reckons that "tablets will become the preferred, primary device for millions of people around …
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2012

Laptop sales drive PC shipments in EMEA

PC sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) were up 13.5 per cent in Q2 2007, according to market watcher IDC. A total of 17.5m desktop and notebook computers were sold in the region, with a 31 per cent increase in notebook sales compared to the same period last year. IDC said competition among the leading vendors of …
Emmet Ryan, 24 Jul 2007
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iPad grabs lunch money from mobile PCs, pushes them in the stingers

iPad sales trounced sales for netbooks and notebooks in the first quarter of 2012 pushing Apple to the dominant position in the mobile PC market, show new figures from analysts NPD. NPD ran together tablets with netbooks and notebook PCs in their "Mobile PC category" and skyrocketing iPad sales of 13.6 million in the first three …
Anna Leach, 22 May 2012

Early verdict on Intel Ultrabook™ push: FAIL

Intel's much-ballyhooed ultrabook effort is not working out quite as well as Chipzilla had hoped, with global sales of the thin and light laptops falling well behind expectations. "The volume isn't there and it's going to be way below what Intel had hoped for," IDC analyst Jay Chou told CNET on Wednesday. Intel's vision of the …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Jul 2012

World to face laptop famine this Xmas?

Want a new notebook this Christmas? Then get your order in early. That's the message coming out of Taiwan, source of almost all of the world's laptops, from the big brands to the little-known names. Intel's operation on the island this week confirmed that demand for its laptop-oriented processors, Wi-Fi modules and chipsets - …
Tony Smith, 31 Oct 2007
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Acer up, Dell down in laptop sales

Acer has long let it be known that it is gunning for Lenovo's third place in the global PC market. In Q4 last year, it picked off an easier target, overtaking Toshiba to become the world's third best selling notebook PC maker. Toshiba's sales fell slightly in the quarter, which would have been nice for Acer, but the rise in the …
Drew Cullen, 06 Apr 2007
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Acer bigwig sees gloomy future for Ultrabooks in Europe

Acer has downgraded sales forecasts for Ultrabooks as the relatively hefty price tag and smaller screen size continues to limit adoption in Europe. The PC maker had expected the super skinny platform to comprise between 25 and 35 per cent of total notebook sales globally by the end of this year. "Overall the Ultrabook segment …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2012
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Ultrabook prices to fall as manufacturers slash margins

Manufacturers are cutting their margins to the bone, and getting a subsidy from Intel, in an effort to make ultrabooks more affordable. Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba may be able to put out hardware below the critical $1,000 mark, unnamed sources told DigiTimes, and by 2012 prices could drop by up to 10 per cent. Intel is …
Iain Thomson, 30 Nov 2011
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Samsung goes super slim with Notebook 9 series

Samsung released a super-slim notebook today in a bid to compete with Apple's MacBook Air. The company also said it will increase laptop sales by 80 per cent in 2011. The 13.3in Notebook 9 Series is 16mm thick and weighs 1.3kg. It runs on a Core i5 processor and comes with a seven-hour battery life. Samsung says it will cost ₩2 …
Caleb Cox, 24 Feb 2011
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2012 to be year of the ultrabook

World+Dog will next year be after ultra-skinny laptops running Windows 8. So says Simon Lin, chairman of Wistron, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer specialising in notebooks. The slimline MacBook Air-style machines - dubbed by Intel "ultrabooks" - will be a key growth driver in 2012, Lin said during a chat with DigiTimes. They …
Hard Reg, 22 Aug 2011
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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

Ten years ago, Intel decided notebook computers needed a boost. The technology wasn’t new, but while a fair few mobile workers had portable computers, and some even had modem cards or were using Bluetooth-connected phones to reach the internet, laptops weren’t seen as a truly mobile networkable device. And so the chip maker …
Tony Smith, 12 Mar 2013
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Death of laptops greatly exaggerated, Best Buy boss insists

Best Buy's boss has downplayed reports that iPads are eating half of all laptop sales. Brian Dunn was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying that internal estimates revealed iPad sales "had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%". In a statement last week Dunn referred to Mark Twain's comment on hearing that his …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2010
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Punch-drunk Xyratex takes another beating, expects Q4 loss

UK data-storage company Xyratex can't seem to catch a break. Yesterday it copped to a quarterly revenues slump of 24 per cent year-on-year – due to product and equipment quality issues, and weakened enterprise demand – and it also reckons that disk drive sales are heading for a fall. That's not very good news for Xyratex, which …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2012
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Lenovo signs with C2000, plots SME assault

PC firm Lenovo has inked a distie deal with Tech Data's UK subsidiary Computer 2000 in a bid to sniff out prospective small biz customers. The firms are set to links arms from 1 July on an agreement that covers the entire Think range: desktops, All-In-Ones, workstations and servers. Lenovo UK and Ireland SME and channel …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2012
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Consumer laptop sales help PC market to modest growth

The PC market in Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) recorded modest growth during the fourth quarter of 2002, of around six percent. Preliminary results from Gartner Dataquest suggest an estimated 13.1 million PCs were sold in the EMEA region last quarter, up 6.3 per cent from 12.277 million units in Q4 2001. The analysts …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2003

Cheaper competition? Right, we're outta here

Last month chip maker Broadcom, with hardly a whimper, began disengaging from the smart TV and Blu-Ray player markets, despite having some high profile CE customers such as LG in this sector. Then around three weeks later in mid-October, Intel, with tail between its legs, also announced its withdrawal from the smart TV market …
Faultline, 30 Oct 2011
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Consumer sales and laptops fuel UK market growth

Demand from consumers drove growth in the UK PC market in the first three months of 2005. The UK market grew by 14.8 per cent in the first quarter. Laptop sales grew by 29.8 per cent, driven by ongoing price cuts. Desktop sales grew by 8.3 per cent and x86 servers grew by just 5.1 per cent year on year. Ian Gibbs, senior …
John Oates, 10 May 2005
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Oz PC shipments still growing

In spite of a disappointing Christmas season – one which saw gloomy predictions from most retailers – market researcher IDC says Australia’s PC shipments grew strongly in 2010. The researcher says the market reached 5.7 million units in 2010, which would represent more than one unit for every fixed broadband household in the …
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World PC sales still growing

Global PC shipments grew 14 per cent in the last quarter of 2004, according to research from market watcher IDC. The small and medium business market and Christmas sales were credited with driving the expansion. Total shipments grew to 51.5m units in the quarter, an increase of 13.7 per cent, better than IDC predictions of 13 …
John Oates, 19 Jan 2005
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Dell ends 2006 horror with $1bn drop in PC sales

A sedate Dell posted fourth quarter results that didn't horrify investors even though its PC and notebook sales fell in dramatic fashion. Dell reported $14.4bn in revenue – down from $15.2bn in the same period last year. The company's net income came in at $673m, which marks quite the fall from last year's haul of $1bn. …
Ashlee Vance, 01 Mar 2007
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Dell eats into Compaq's European sales

Heads are bound to roll at Compaq after yet more research has revealed it is losing its lead over Dell. Research by Dataquest showed Dell's shipments of PCs in Europe climbed 49 per cent to 9.7 per cent of the market. Though Compaq stayed ahead, its European sales rose just 18 per cent to secure 16 per cent of the market. Total …
Linda Harrison, 05 Nov 1999
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PC sales to disappoint (even more) in 2002

IDC has cut its growth projections for PC sales in 2002 from 4.7 percent down to 1.1 percent, reflecting a continuing slump in hardware spending. IDC's latest PC survey projects shipments of 135.5 million personal computers in 2002, compared with shipments of 134.1 million in 2001. The US-based technology research firm …
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Notebooks drive UK PC sales revival

The UK PC market grew 15.7 per cent year on year during the second quarter, IDC's latest market stats show. Notebooks seem to have struck a chord with buyers leading to a 41.4 per cent increase in shipments year on year. Consumers in particular opted for notebooks - consumer laptop sales rose 94.8 per cent. Business notebook …
Tony Smith, 07 Aug 2003
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Compaq robbery – five per cent of sales lost

The lorry-load of Compaq notebooks stolen this weekend represented around five per cent of the vendor's anticipated UK quarterly laptop sales. According to IDC, Compaq sold around 21,000 notebooks in Q2, and 31,000 in Q1 this year. Which means the 1,440 base units stolen on Saturday could put a dent in shipping. In all, 810 …
Linda Harrison, 24 Aug 1999
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PC shipments slide through June

Sales of PCs through distributors are flat year on year, and saw their biggest drop in June. Figures from channel research firm Context showed overall sales in seven European countries grew by two per cent for the quarter, but the figures showed a massive drop in June. Sales of PCs, laptops and servers were down 11.5 per cent …
John Oates, 14 Jul 2009

You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

Microsoft's emphasis on the mobile nature of Windows 8 and its bold touch-friendly user interface may lead some to fear the software giant has taken its foot off the pedal in terms of security. However there are plenty of changes under the bonnet to merit an examination of the new operating system's defences. Judging by the buzz …
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2012
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Lenovo throws arms and legs around SMBs

Lenovo yesterday revealed plans to launch a new Thinkpad laptop line that will come loaded with features and support services pitched towards the small and medium-sized biz market. The SL series will be priced from $699 to $1,199 in the US. The laptops will carry online backup services – the first of the kind for the Thinkpad …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jun 2008
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Dixons grinches Christmas

Dixons Store Group (DSG) blamed overstocking of laptops for poor performance at PC World, and sounded a warning for Christmas and the rest of the financial year. DSG chairman Sir John Collins said: "There is much debate about the uncertain outlook in many of our markets and the economic fundamentals make it difficult to …
John Oates, 28 Nov 2007

US consumers flock to Mac laptops

That sound you can hear is Steve Jobs laughing after reading figures from US market watcher NPD that Apple laptops accounted for 20 per cent of retail notebook sales during July and August. That's the key back-to-school sales period, and it indicates that the MacBook family - expected to be refreshed any day now - has struck a …
Tony Smith, 01 Oct 2008
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iPhone gets a decent keyboard

Developers have managed to hack together a Human Interface driver for the iPhone, allowing any Bluetooth keyboard to be used on jailbroken iPhones. The software doesn't work in all applications, but does connect most applications to the kind of travel keyboard which is making laptops redundant, even if it can't do copy and paste …
Bill Ray, 22 Dec 2009
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DSG results hit by sunshine

Dixons Store Group (DSG) said sales were hit by the unseasonally sunny weather in April and problems in France and Italy. For the year ended 28 April 2007, Dixons Store Group saw total sales grow 14 per cent or four per cent like for like. John Clare, group chief executive of DSG, said he was pleased with progress during a …
John Oates, 17 May 2007
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Notebooks outsell desktops

US citizens bought more notebook computers than desktop computers for the first time ever last month. Laptop sales made up 53.3 per cent of total retail PC sales in May, compared to 45.9 per cent last year. Laptops have outsold desktops before - but only for a few days thanks to specific promotions, not for a whole month. …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2005
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Laptops and developing countries drive strong PC growth (maybe)

With a fair wind and a favourable tide, PC shipments should rise 11 per cent to 293 million units this year (2007: 264 million units), so says Gartner. The analyst shop thinks the PC market is "fundamentally in good shape", citing strong laptop sales, more demand in poorer countries, and some significant desktop replacements in …
Drew Cullen, 25 Mar 2008

Netbooks to steer mobile PC demand ahead of curve, claims Intel

IDF Worldwide shipments of mobile computers will match those of desktops this year - and it's all thanks to the Asus Eee PC and its ilk. So said Intel mobility chief Dadi Perlmutter yesterday at the chip giant's bi-annual Developer Forum. But while that's good news for the Atom chip family, it's less pleasing for the folk behind …
Tony Smith, 20 Aug 2008

Dell takes aim at costs and employees in Q4

Dell used to love the conference call ritual which accompanies the release of a quarter's financial results. The vendor would get a chance to tout its amazing business model in front of Wall Street's finest analysts and brag about how much better it did than competitors. But we get the feeling that Dell's not so fond of the …
Ashlee Vance, 29 Feb 2008
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Apple MacBook Late 2009

Review Just a year ago, in October 2008, it looked like the white plastic-cased MacBook was headed for the scrap heap. Apple had just introduced a new and more expensive model sculpted out of aluminium, and although the plastic version was kept on sale to provide a less-expensive option for the budget-conscious education market, it was …
Stephen Dean, 02 Nov 2009

Apple board backs Jobs against ex-CFO allegations shock

Apple's Board of Directors is backing CEO Steve Jobs after former CFO Fred Anderson accused Jobs approving the company's stock option backdating. Anderson settled civil charges against him Tuesday without admitting any guilt, but agreeing to pay back approximately $3.5m to make up for personal gains in the scandal. Anderson's …
Austin Modine, 25 Apr 2007
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HP top (channel) dog for PCs

HP is still top vendor for PCs sold through business resellers across Europe. In the seven major countries in Europe, HP accounted for 40 per cent of all PC sales in 2003. Fujitsu Siemens Computers was in second place with 12 per cent of sales, up from 10.5 per cent last year. IBM came third with 9.3 per cent market share, up …
John Oates, 17 Mar 2004
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Acer inks Olympic partner deal

Acer has announced it's signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which will from 2009 see the computer manufacturer "partner with the Olympic Movement in the official computing equipment product category" for the 2010 winter games in Vancouver and 2012 games in London. The hook-up grants Acer a listing …
Lester Haines, 06 Dec 2007
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Dell slows down in third quarter

Dell waddled through a sticky third quarter in which the company met lowered revenue totals and coughed up hundreds of millions for faulty products and layoffs. In its worst quarter in recent memory, Dell posted revenue of $13.9bn - an 11 per cent year-over-year rise. The hardware maker once suggested that revenue for the …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Nov 2005
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German resellers are calm bunch

German resellers are the least worried in Europe that large retailers could do them out of business and sales. Despite the likes of Dixons going after business customers through initiatives like PC Business World 58 per cent of German resellers see this as "no threat at all". This compares to 69.6 per cent of resellers in …
John Oates, 31 Mar 2004
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Apple preps netbook 10-inch touch screen thingy

The web is aflame with rumors that a 10in, touchscreen "netbook" will arrive from Apple later this year. But we see things differently. As we reported on Monday, the rumor-fest began with a brief article on the Taiwanese industry-watching website DigiTimes that Apple's iPhone-display supplier, Wintex, will be supplying Cupertino …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Mar 2009