PC market shrank in the last quarter due to lower demand and cpu shortages’

Jan

12

2019

PC manufacturers delivered a total of 68.6 million desktops and laptops in the past three months, according to Gartner, a decrease of 4.3 percent over the same period last year. According to the agency, this is related to shortages of CPUs and less demand from consumers.

Research bureau Gartner reports that there were 259.4 million delivered PCs for the whole of 2018, which represents a decrease of 1.3 percent compared to 2017. In the second and third quarter of 2018 there was growth, but the number of PCs delivered declined in the last quarter of last year. In the emea region, which includes Western Europe, there was also a decline. It came to 3.8 percent, which is equivalent to 20.9 million delivered PCs in the past quarter.

Since 2012, annual PC deliveries have shown a decline, although the decline in 2018 was less pronounced than in the three years before. According to Gartner, this flattening decline is mainly related to business deliveries, where upgrades to Windows 10 led to more new PCs. This compensated somewhat for the collapse of consumer demand. Consumer PCs had a share of 40 percent in total deliveries in 2018, compared to 49 percent in 2014.

Gartner reports that there were signs of optimism in 2018, but that the industry was faced with two negative factors. This is primarily a shortage of cpus, which, according to Gartner, caused problems in the production chains of manufacturers. As a result, the demand could not always be met. In addition, political and economic uncertainties in various countries had a negative effect on the demand for PCs. Consumers also no longer seem to be buying heavily during the holiday period in December, which was previously always a period in which consumer demand rose sharply.

In the fourth quarter, Lenovo, HP and Dell accounted for 63 percent of all deliveries. Lenovo passed HP in the fourth quarter of 2018 as a manufacturer that delivered most PCs. This advance is partly attributable to the joint venture with Fujitsu’s PC division, which began in March last year.

Gartner’s competitor, IDC, also came up with figures for the last quarter of 2018 . IDC calculated that a total of 68.1 million copies were delivered, representing a decrease of 3.7 percent compared to the last quarter of 2017.

Company

Q4 2018 deliveries (x1000)

Q4 2018 market share (%)

Q4 2017 deliveries (x1000)

Q4 2017 market share (%)

Q2 2018 – Q2 2017 growth (%)

Lenovo

16,628

24.2

15.697

21.9

5.9

HP

15,380

22.4

16,092

22.4

-4.4

Dell

10.915

15.9

10.763

15

1.4

Apple

4,920

7.2

5.112

7.1

-3.8

Asus 4.211 6.1 4,716 6.6 -10.7
Acer

3.861

5.6

4,726

6.6

-18.3

Other

12.710

18.5

14,590

20.3

-12.9

Total

68,626

100

71,696

100

-4.3

Figures from Gartner

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