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Thin and Terminal Client Results Disappoint in the First Quarter Due to Project Delays and Less Favorable Exchange Rates, According to IDC

The global thin and terminal client market deteriorated during the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15), declining -7.8% year over year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker.

Pitted against a strong market in the first half of 2014, which was boosted by a mass refresh of aging PCs, the 1Q15 market struggled to keep momentum amidst a lack of drivers and currency devaluation impacts. Shipments slowed to 1.19 million units, with many projects delayed or scaled back. Only Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) and the Middle East & Africa (MEA) managed to see year-over-year volume growth.

Looking ahead, IDC expects a stronger second half for 2015 as a number of delayed projects in APeJ should resume, but overall volume for 2015 has been lowered from 5.98 million units in the previous forecast to 5.71 million, with long term growth remaining modestly positive.

"With IT and users alike increasingly more receptive to remote desktop computing, IDC maintains shipment volume to see steady single-digit growth annually through 2019," said Jay Chou, senior research analyst, Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Trackers at IDC. "But, a rising tide won’t lift all boats, and we can expect smaller vendors to scale back or exit the market altogether."


Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Unit Shipments, Market Share,
and Year-Over-Year Growth, First Quarter 2015 (shipments in thousands)


1Q15 Unit


1Q15 Market


1Q14 Unit


1Q14 Market



1. Dell   354   29.7%   355   27.4%   -0.3%
2. HP   302   25.3%   394   30.5%   -23.4%
3. NComputing   104   8.8%   107   8.3%   -2.6%
4. Centerm   77   6.5%   61   4.7%   27.5%
5. Igel   67   5.6%   70   5.4%   -4.3%
Others   287   24.1%   306   23.7%   -6.2%
Total Market   1,191   100%   1,293   100%   -7.8%

Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, Q1 2015.

In addition to the table above, an interactive graphic illustrating worldwide ECD shipments to emerging and mature markets as well as year-over-year growth for the overall market for the 2012-2018 forecast period is available here. Instructions on how to embed this Graphic into online news articles and social media can be found by viewing this press release on

About IDC Trackers
IDC Tracker products provide accurate and timely market size, vendor share, and forecasts for hundreds of technology markets from more than 100 countries around the globe. Using proprietary tools and research processes, IDC's Trackers are updated on a semiannual, quarterly, and monthly basis. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly excel deliverables and on-line query tools. The IDC Tracker Charts app allows users to view data charts from the most recent IDC Tracker products on their iPhone and iPad. The IDC Tracker Chart app is also available for Android Phones and Android Tablets.

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

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