Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes
13 January, 2019, 21:13
"As the U.S. PC market, especially the lower-end, continued to suffer from the ongoing shortfall of Intel CPUs, overall PC sales took a hit during the fourth quarter of 2018", said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst with IDC's Devices and Displays Group. Due to processor shortages and the trade war with China, shipments declined during the last quarter and across the whole of 2018.
The Asia/Pacific PC market totaled 24.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018, a 4.6 percent decline from the same period of 2017. "Our early indicator showed that SOHO and small business buyers held off on some new PC purchases due to uncertainties around the political and economic conditions".
As for the annual state of affairs, Lenovo shipped almost 58.5 million PCs in 2018, with HP not too far behind with 56.3 million units shipped. "Holiday sales are no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs". Region-wise, the US saw a small increase in volume from the previous year, whereas it was all negative in the Europe Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region and the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, saw a single-digit decline - majorly due to the US-China trade war.
Lenovo surpassed HP to move into the number one position in the global PC market in the fourth quarter of 2018.
PC shipments of desktop, notebook, and workstation fell 3.7 percent to over 68.1 million units in Q4 2018 and fell 0.4 percent in 2018, according to IDC report.
Apple remained in the fourth position with market share of 7.2 percent and growth of -3.8 percent. The company has recorded three consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year shipment growth, despite the stagnant overall market, Gartner said. The results slightly outperformed the forecast, which called for a decline of 4.7%, but also produced the largest year-on-year decline since the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16) and capped the full year at a almost flat rate of -0.4%. Consumer shipments accounted for approximately 40 percent of PC shipments in 2018 compared with 49 percent in 2014. The top four firms are the same as Gartner, and Acer replaces Asus in fifth spot. After the Chinese vendor, HP came second with a 22.4 percent share, a decline of 4.4 percent.
The market stabilization in 2018 was attributed to consistent business PC growth, driven by Windows 10 upgrades.
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