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Worldwide Certified Workstation Market Continued to Grow in the Third Quarter of 2014, According to IDC

(PresseBox) (Framingham, Mass.,, ) According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Workstation Tracker, the certified workstation market continued to show growth momentum in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14). Worldwide shipments were up 7.6% 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% and total shipments that were more than 9,000 units greater than 3Q14.

Geographically, the Middle East and Africa with 3.3% of the market grew the fastest at 39.3% 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% year-over-year growth and 2.7% of the market. The U.S. and Western Europe captured overall market shares of 39.2% and 25.1%, respectively, and grew 6.7% and 2.1% year over year, respectively.

"The overall workstation market is expected to continue growing," said Ebenezer Obeng-Nyarkoh, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers Group. "And customer demand for workstations, as an alternative to PCs, will be driven by performance, graphic capability, and reliability."

Vendor Highlights - Desktop Workstations

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% share despite a year-over-year decline of -3.0% 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% year-over-year growth and a 36.6% 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%, 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% 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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IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Workstation Tracker is a quantitative tool for analyzing global workstation market on a quarterly basis. The Tracker includes quarterly shipments and values, segmented by vendor, application, product family, model, region, operating system, and price band.

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