PC deliveries fall for the 14th consecutive quarter

Apr

12

2018

According to market research company Gartner, worldwide PC deliveries fell again in the first quarter of 2018. According to the agency, the PC market has been showing a downward trend since the second quarter of 2012.

Gartner has calculated that PC deliveries fell by 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter in 2017. A total of 61.7 million systems were delivered in the first quarter of this year, while that number in the first quarter of 2016 still stood at 64.8 million.

The research firm cites developments in China as the main reason for the continuing downward trend, where the number of delivered PCs fell by 5.7 percent on an annual basis. This decline would have to do with a wait-and-see attitude of large companies and some state-owned companies in China. According to Gartner, they have postponed the purchase of new systems in anticipation of new policy, coming from the National People’s Congress of the Communist Party, which took place in March. In addition, suppliers and stores worldwide held relatively small inventories in the first quarter of 2018 in anticipation of the new Intel processors of the eighth generation.

HP, Lenovo and Dell accounted for a combined market share of 56.9 percent of global PC deliveries during the first quarter, compared to 54.5 percent a year ago. These three manufacturers are therefore increasingly making their mark on the PC market. Dell showed the strongest growth of the three; the manufacturer delivered 6.5 percent more PCs. Lenovo did not go beyond a 0.3 percent growth and HP accounted for a 2.8 percent increase.

Asus and Acer are smaller players on the global PC market and delivered considerably fewer PCs in the first quarter of 2018. Asus delivered 12.5 percent fewer PCs and Acer reached a negative percentage of 8.6. In total, Asus delivered 3.9 million PCs in the quarter and Acer shipped 3.8 million systems. By comparison, HP provided 12.9 million systems, followed by Lenovo with 12.3 million and Dell with 9.9 million PCs. Apple shipped 4.3 million systems, an increase of 1.5 percent.

Under PCs the research agency understands both desktops and laptops and 2-in-1 PCs; Chromebooks and iPads are not included. These are preliminary figures, which can therefore still change. It is not clear when Gartner publishes the final figures.

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