Global PC shipments resume slide in fourth quarter

Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes

Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes

"After two quarters of growth in 2Q18 and 3Q18, PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter", said Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner. "As a result, the PC market in China is expected to suffer bigger declines throughout the year".

"As demand for Chinese products in the US drops, this particularly impacts businesses of all sizes from the manufacturing sector in China, which, in turn, translates to a drop in IT purchases by these companies". -China trade issues had a negative effect on demand from the private sector.

Just when the PC market found its footing the us trade war with China and processor shortages put the kibosh on unit sales, according to stats from both IDC and Gartner. 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. For the full year, sales were down 0.4 percent.

Now that 2018 is past us, we finally have some data about PC sales during the holiday seasons, and they're not looking really good. The Asia/Pacific PC market slid 4.6 percent to 24.2 million, mainly on the back of uncertainties around U.S.

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Both analyst firms placed Lenovo Group Holding the top of the tree in terms of market share with close to 17,000 unit shipments in the fourth quarter. Lenovo, on the other hand, maintained its lead in the global PC market. Additionally, the top three companies showed growth.

Dell Inc. had the strongest year-on-year growth among the top OEMs at 1.6% for the quarter and ended 2018 growing 5.6% over 2017, also the strongest among the top OEMs. HP, Apple, and Acer, taking the second, fourth, and fifth spots, respectively, each saw declines.

Mac shipments themselves declined 3.8 percents over Q4 and declined 2.1 percent over the year. Asus shipments sank 10.7 percent to 4.211 million, while its market share declined to 6.1 percent from 6.6 percent. Acer focuses on gaming space, but challenges within the component constraints likely affected its overall consumer business in Q4 2018. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly excel deliverables and on-line query tools.

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