PC shipments declined in 2018 for 7th consecutive year

Lenovo was at the top for 2018 global PC shipments followed by HP and then Dell

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. Lenovo also had a strong quarter in the US. However, HP that came second on the list with a share of identical 23.4 percent, as of Lenovo, shows a decline of 3.2 percent year-over-year "due to a challenging quarter in the Americas".

Sales of personal computers took a knock in the fourth quarter from a combination of microprocessor chip shortages and the ongoing trade war between the USA and China, according to reports today from analyst firms International Data Corp. and Gartner Inc. Both desktop and notebook shipments saw year-on-year declines in 4Q18.

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"Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs created supply chain issues". Dell reportedly seems to have performed well as its year-on-year growth among the top OEMs is at 1.6 percent for the quarter and ended 2018 progressing by 5.6 percent.

Lenovo surpassed HP Inc. and moved into the No. 1 spot in the global PC market in the last quarter of 2018.

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IDC put total global shipments of PCs for the quarter at 68.1 million units, down 3.7 percent from the same period one year ago. "We expect this demand will be pushed forward into 2019 if CPU availability improves".

"The ongoing economic tensions between China and the United States continue to create a lot of uncertainty in the business environment in China", IDC research manager Maciek Gornicki said in a statement. The company has recorded three consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year shipment growth, despite the stagnant overall market. Consumer shipments accounted for approximately 40 percent of PC shipments in 2018 compared with 49 percent in 2014. Moreover, Acer took fifth place with a market share of 6.7 percent and a year-over-year decline of 8.5 percent.

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The end of the processor shortage will likely help boost PC sales but any further escalation of the USA trade war against China could be devastating for the PC market. Gartner said that holiday sales were no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs. Apple defended its Position on the fourth (6.9 percent market share), ranked five and six follow Acer (6.1 percent) and Asus (6.0%).

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