PC market breaks losing streak in 2019

Joanna Estrada
January 14, 2020

"This past year was a wild one in the PC world, which resulted in impressive market growth that ultimately ended seven consecutive years of market contraction", IDC's Ryan Reiths said in a prepared statement.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 70.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to Gartner, for a 2.3 percent increase from Q4 2018. Gartner said that PC shipments rose just 0.6% year-over-year between 2018 and 2019.

IDC said that Q4 shipments came in at 71.8 million units, representing 4.8 percent growth. But even that minor increase in shipments was worth celebrating, because it's been eight years since the market grew at all. IDC counts desktops, notebooks (including Chromebooks) and workstations, but not tablets or x86 Servers.

"The PC market experienced growth for the first time since 2011, driven by vibrant business demand for Windows 10 upgrades, particularly in the US, EMEA ( Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) and Japan", Gartner senior principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said. Most likely a temporary one, since PC makers benefitted past year from the pending retirement of Windows 7, which triggered the small rebound. It turns out that Microsoft's decision to finally stop supporting Windows 7 was the push the PC market needed a year ago.

Both research firms noted that Intel's CPU shortage continued to impact the market in Q4 2019. The top 3 vendors include Lenovo with an estimated marketshare of 24.1%, HP at 22.2%, and Dell with 16.8% for 2019. The three vendors accounted for around 65 percent of the market in 2019, up slightly from a year prior.

With the exception of the Asia/Pacific, Lenovo recorded year-over-year growth in all regions.

Apple's market share was also down, dipping from 7.9 percent in Q4 2018 to 7.5 percent in Q4 2019.

HP, the No. 2 vendor worldwide, kept its top position in the US, EMEA and Latin America, Gartner reported.

Dell's shipments grew year-over-year in all regions at a much higher rate compared with the regional average, due in large part to its particularly strong desktop PC growth. Such innovations that change user behavior and create new product segments are something to keep an eye on in 2020 and beyond, IDC also released its own shipment estimates this afternoon, noting a similar decline in sales from Apple.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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