PC shipments drop again, just as things were starting to look up

Galtero Lara
Enero 12, 2019

According to both IDC and Gartner, PC sales are down.

The big hit, apparently, came from a shortage of processor chips, Gartner senior principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.

"The impact from the CPU shortage affected vendors' ability to fulfil demand created by business PC upgrades".

Gartner got nearly the same results with 68.6 million PC shipments during the same period (down 4.3% year-over-year).

According to the new report from Gartner, worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.6 million units in Q4 of 2018 which is a 4.3% decline from Q4 of 2017. While IDC shows that the worldwide PC shipments outperformed the forecast of 4.7 percent decline by showing a fall of 3.7 percent year-over-year, Gartner highlights that there was a dip of 4.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017.

Additionally, Gartner reported that the top three PC vendors - Lenovo, HP, and Dell - accounted for 63% of all fourth quarter PC sales in 2018, up from 59% in 2017. As a result of those supply chain issues: "After two quarters of growth in 2Q18 and 3Q18, PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter".

Also weighing on the market were political and economic uncertainties among small- and midsize businesses.

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The global PC market returned to its familiar downward slope in the fourth quarter, according to preliminary numbers from market analysts.

This was due to a strong quarter in the USA for Lenovo, whereas HP suffered declines in shipments in most key regions - with Asia being the notable exception.

Whatever the reasons may be, one thing is for certain - 681 million new units were sold in the fourth quarter.

IDC's Asia/Pacific Client Devices Group Research Manager Maciek Gornicki separately highlights that the ongoing economic tensions between the United States and China are likely to create a lot of uncertainty in the business environment in China.

Gartner, in its quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2018, reflects similar market developments.

Now that 2018 is past us, we finally have some data about PC sales during the holiday seasons, and they're not looking really good. Dell was second (25.7%), followed by Lenovo (15.2%) and Apple (12.4%). The research firm highlights that Lenovo led the market in the quarter with a market share of 24.2 percent, showing a 5.9 percent increase year-over-year. "Holiday sales are no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs".

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