Quarterly PC shipments fall to lowest levels since 2007, Gartner says

Worldwide PC shipments fell below 63 million units in the first quarter of 2017 for the first time since 2007, according to the latest note from Gartner.

Gartner says consumers refrain from replacing their older PCs while some have completely abandoned the PC market altogether. Though there is a weak demand on one end, Gartner adds the business segment still sees the PC as an important device and it is the main work device for businesses.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: “The market has extremely limited opportunities for vendors below the top three, with the exception of Apple, which has a solid customer base in specific verticals.”

Statistical data shows that Lenovo accounted for 19.9% of worldwide PC shipments, followed by HP with 19.5% share, and Dell at 15% share. Lenovo’s growth exceeded the regional average in all key regions except the US. Dell has achieved four consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth wherein PC shipment increases in all regions except the US, while Dell enhanced its channel programme and expanded its share in the large-enterprise market.

In the US, PC shipments totalled 12.3 million units in the Q1 2017, which a 2.4% decline from the Q1 2016. The US market has experienced a modest decline for two quarters. Much of the decline is attributed to the weak consumer market. PC shipments in EMEA amounted to 17.9 million units in the Q1 2017, a 6.9% decline year-over-year. All major regions in EMEA experienced a decline in Q1. However, Russia saw single-digit PC growth, which was attributed to stabilisation of the local economy.

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