-PC shipments continue to decline




for the 10th quarter in a row
Unlike Gartner, its counterpart, IDC, sees the market only up 0.6%.
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The latest market research firm Gartner showed that the PC market is still suffering and is in constant decline for the 10th consecutive quarter as its global shipments declined by 2.4% in the first quarter of this year.

Gartner estimated global shipments of personal computers in the first three months of 2017 at about 62.2 million units, so the fourth quarter was the tenth consecutive quarter of the decline in PC shipments, the first since 2007, where shipments fall below 63 million units in one quarter .

For Lenovo’s top-selling personal computers, China’s Lenovo maintained first place, followed by HP of America, then Asus of Taiwan, Apple of America and Acer of Taiwan. Among the top five companies, Asus alone saw an increase in shipments.

Gartner pointed out that while the PC industry saw modest growth in the business sector, these gains were offset by a drop in demand in the consumer market. While companies continue to replace personal computers as their main operating systems, individuals refrain from replacing old computers or have completely abandoned them.

In contrast to Gartner, market research firm IDC estimates that global shipments of personal computers rose 0.6 percent to 60.3 million units in the first quarter of 2017. The first five companies, according to IDC, , Then Lenovo, then Dell, then Apple, then Acer.

Unlike Gartner, IDC said major companies saw shipments grow in the first three months of this year, while smaller companies saw shipments drop.

IDC said the first-quarter results were positive for the first time since the first quarter of 2012, which the company said was the time when users were setting personal computers as the first computers for them.

Gartner and IDC analysts have pointed to a variety of factors that have caused this steady decline, but there is only one factor that is repeated every three months: that the PC is no longer required as it used to be.


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