PC shipments slid 9.9% in first half

Domestic shipments of personal computers in the first half to September slipped 9.9 percent from a year earlier to 5.04 million units, market research agency Multimedia Research Institute said Thursday.

On a value basis, the shipments fell 7.4 percent to 824.5 billion yen, the agency said.

Agency officials attributed the decline to the temporary saturation of the PC market combined with price markups in the spring that deterred shoppers.

The agency forecast shipments in the second half of fiscal 2002 will drop 8.3 percent over the previous year to 6 million units.

Shipments for the whole of fiscal 2002 will likely tumble 9.4 percent to about 11 million units, marking a year-on-year slide of about 10 percent for the second consecutive year, it said.

By maker, NEC Corp. accounted for 25 percent of the combined shipments in the April-September period, followed by Fujitsu Ltd. at 20.6 percent.

Sony Corp. clinched an 11.9 percent share and third place, followed by Toshiba Corp. at 8 percent.

Dell Computer Corp., which is catching up with the front-runners, had a 7.7 percent share on the strength of a marketing campaign that places emphasis on bargain-priced PCs.

Dell took fifth place in terms of market share, up from sixth.