Global PC shipments resume slide in fourth quarter

Global PC shipments resume slide in fourth quarter

Consumer demand remained weak in the holiday season, with holiday sales no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs. Lenovo also had a strong quarter in the USA and has recorded three consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year shipment growth. However, the results also "produced the largest year-on-year decline since the 3Q16 and capped the full year at a almost flat rate of -0.4 percent", Newsbytes reported.

Gartner has published a report detailing preliminary estimates of PCs shipped worldwide for the final quarter of 2018 and for the year as a whole. But a volatile stock market and a post-Black Friday/Cyber Monday downturn saw "the lowest sequential growth for a holiday quarter since the fourth quarter of 2012".

"Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs (central processing units) created supply chain issues".

As for the breakdown of shipments between vendors, Lenovo sits in first place with 24.2 per cent of the market, HP Inc takes the silver spot with a 22.4 per cent market share, and Dell is in third position with 15.9 per cent of the market.

Lenovo surpassed HP to move into the number one position in the global PC market in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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IDC found that the PC market only shrank 0.4 percent to 258.5 million units, but warned the U.S. According to the market research company, worldwide PC shipments reached 68.1 million in Q4, a 3.7% decline year-on-year.

Also weighing on the market were political and economic uncertainties among small- and midsize businesses.

American PC shipments fared worse than the global market, shedding 4.5 per cent year-on-year in Q4 to 14.2 million units. Dell, in contrast, had the strongest year-over-year growth among the top five OEMs with a 1.6 percent increase in quarterly shipments.

According to IDC and Gartner, PC sales in Q4 have been negatively affected by CPU shortages and the USA trade war (via ZDNet). Consumer shipments accounted for approximately 40 percent of PC shipments in 2018 compared with 49 percent in 2014. "And if the trade war escalates further, we should expect spillover of the impact to other countries, particularly due to the expected fluctuations of the exchange rates impacting businesses across the region", he adds. Finally, at Acer, shipments dropped 18.3 percent to 3.861 million, while its market share fell to 5.6 percent form 6.6 percent.

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