Global PC shipments slide for fifth straight year

Galtero Lara
Enero 13, 2018

While Gartner says their results are preliminary at this stage, they expressed some optimism that the market is still alive and kicking, a sentiment somewhat echoed by IDC who says the results validate the view of a steadying, albeit still weak, traditional PC market.

Overall, 2017 saw 259.5 million PC units shipped-a year-over-year decline of 0.2%, but steady demand nonetheless-that made it the most stable year for the market since 2011, IDC noted.

PC shipments reached almost 260 million in 2017, representing a YOY decline of 0.2% and the most stable year for the market since 2011.

In the United States market, IDC reported the overall PC market performed below expectations in the Q4 2017, with a drop in notebook and desktop sales.

According to Gartner, the Asia/Pacific PC market totalled 25 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, which represents a 0.6 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2016.

In terms of geography, the Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions saw positive growth for PC shipments in 2017, while Europe, the Middle East, and Africa held steady, and the USA saw declines, according to the report.

According to IDC, market demand was driven by a desire from PC suppliers to snap up machines before components shortages drive up prices further.

HP Inc moved into first position in the fourth quarter, with shipments up 6.6 percent, and its market share growing to 22.5 percent from 20.7 percent.

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After a lengthy decline, this is certainly some positive news for the PC market, and it will be interesting to see if things continue to steady in the first quarter of 2018.

Premium laptops and 2-in-1 devices were also common at the show this year, indicating that companies are indeed returning their energy to the notebook market to appeal to professionals, and expanding their slim, convertible, and gaming system offerings, as IDC noted in the report.

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The growth saw Apple boost its market share from 7.7% in Q4 2016 to 8.2% in the same quarter a year ago ...

For the full year, the top four vendors accounted for 64 percent of global PC shipments.

Kitagawa adds, "The top vendors have taken advantage of their volume operations to lower production costs, pushing small to midsize vendors out of the market". Lenovo was still second in shipments, but saw minimal growth in Q4, while actual declining year over year. Per Gartner, Asia/Pacific, Japan and Latin America registered improvement in PC shipments, while the EMEA region slightly declined. The growth was mainly driven by "commercial upgrades and pockets of improving consumer PC demand". It also claimed that organizations were shifting their attention back to notebooks, with the tablet market in a state of flux.

The company said that the U.S. PC market remained a tough one due to competition from mobile devices.

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