New Delhi: Computer-maker DELL occupied second place in the worldwide personal computer (PC) market in the second quarter of 2011, the first time since the fourth quarter of 2008, boosted by sales in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a survey.

"DELL moved into second place in the worldwide PC market for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2008. DELL did well in the Asia and Pacific region, where it has invested heavily lately. Professional PC refreshments definitely boosted DELL's growth," according a survey done Gartner.

However, HP continued to be the worldwide leader, accounting for 17.5 per cent of worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011.

Further, Lenovo achieved strong growth in Asia and the Pacific region, the US and Latin America, placing it at the third slot for both desktop and mobile PCs, the survey shows.

Meanwhile, worldwide PC shipments surpassed 85.2 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 2.3 per cent increase vis-a-vis the same period last year, according to global research firm Gartner Inc.

"After strong growth in shipments of consumer PCs for four years, driven by strong demand for mini-notebooks and low-priced consumer notebooks, the market is shifting to modest, but steady growth. The slow overall growth indicates that the PC market is still in a period of adjustment, which began in the second half of 2010," Gartner Principal Analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.

Acer dropped from second place to fourth spot in the worldwide PC market in the second quarter of 2011.

7"It had a great deal of inventory in the distribution channel in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Acer's problems stemmed from its low-price, high-volume business model, which is no longer effective," the survey said.

In the Asia and Pacific region, PC shipments reached 30.5 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a 9.6 per cent increase from the same period last year.

India showed weaker-than-expected consumer demand, while China's PC market grew 10.9 per cent year-on-year.

"China's growth was attributed to the release of pent-up demand for consumer PCs," the survey showed.

(Agencies)