Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Grew For the First Time in Six Years During the Second Quarter of 2018

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.1 million units in the second quarter
of 2018, a 1.4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017,
according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the first
quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since the first
quarter of 2012.

All regions experienced some growth compared with a year ago. While the
results are a positive result for the PC industry, Gartner analysts said
this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry
recovery just yet.

“PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand
in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the
consumer segment,” said Mikako
Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “In the consumer space, the
fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still
remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using
their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social
media, calendaring, banking and shopping, which is reducing the need for
a consumer PC.

“In the business segment, PC momentum will weaken in two years when the
replacement peak for Windows 10 passes. PC vendors should look for ways
to maintain growth in the business market as the Windows 10 upgrade
cycle tails off.”

With the completion of Lenovo’s joint venture with Fujitsu, three out of
four PCs were shipped by the top five PC vendors in the second quarter
of 2018. With the inclusion of Fujitsu’s PC shipments due to the joint
venture (a formation of Joint Venture with Fujitsu), Lenovo was in a
virtual tie with HP Inc. for the top spot in the second quarter of 2018
based on global PC shipments (see Table 1). All of the top five PC
vendors experienced an increase in worldwide PC shipments in the quarter.

2Q18 Shipments

2Q18 Market Share (%)

2Q17 Shipments

2Q17 Market Share (%)

2Q18-2Q17 Growth (%)

Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile
premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All
data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be
subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into
channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding.*Lenovo’s
results include Fujitsu’s units starting in 2Q18 to reflect the joint
venture that closed in May 2018.Source: Gartner (July 2018)

HP Inc. had its third consecutive quarter of year-over-year PC shipment
growth. HP Inc. maintained steady growth across all regions, except the
U.S. In the other regions, its shipment growth well exceeded the
regional averages. Lenovo experienced its highest growth rate since the
first quarter of 2015.

While Dell’s competitors have shown PC shipment declines periodically in
the past two years, Dell’s shipments did not decline during this time
because of its strong focus on growth areas, especially in the
commercial segment, as well as cutting off unprofitable businesses.

In the U.S. PC market, the industry returned to growth after six
consecutive quarters of shipment declines. In the second quarter of
2018, U.S. PC shipments totaled 14.5 million units, a 1.7 percent
increase from the same period last year (see Table 2). HP Inc. continued
to be the market leader in the U.S., but Dell closed the gap, as Dell’s
U.S. PC shipments increased 7.2 percent.

“In the U.S., business PC demand was particularly strong among the
public sector as the second quarter is typically PC buying season among
government and education buyers,” Ms. Kitagawa said. “Desk-based PC
growth was attributed to continued high usage of desk-based PCs in the
U.S. public sectors. Mobile PCs grew in the U.S., but strong Chromebook
demand in the education market adversely affected PC growth. Overall,
Chromebooks grew 8 percent in the U.S., but Chromebooks are not included
in the PC market statistics.”

2Q18 Shipments

2Q18 Market Share (%)

2Q17 Shipments

2Q17 Market Share (%)

2Q18-2Q17 Growth (%)

Notes: Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile
premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. All
data is estimated based on a preliminary study. Final estimates will be
subject to change. The statistics are based on shipments selling into
channels. Numbers may not add up to totals shown due to rounding.*Lenovo’s
results include Fujitsu’s units starting in 2Q18 to reflect the joint
venture that closed in May 2018.Source: Gartner (July 2018)

PC shipments in EMEA reached 17.4 million units in the second quarter of
2018, a 1.3 percent increase year over year. In Western Europe, demand
was strong for business PCs in Germany and the U.K. Eurasia, which
includes Russia, remained the growth region in EMEA. While the second
quarter is usually a slower quarter in terms of PC demand, several
countries, such as Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, continued to see
increasing consumer demand.

PC shipments in Asia/Pacific totaled 21.3 million units, a 0.1 percent
increase from the second quarter of 2017. India, Indonesia, Thailand and
other emerging markets in Asia showed improvement in the commercial
segment due to demand for replacing aging PCs and upgrading to Windows
10. In China, PC shipments declined 3.6 percent year over year as some
business procurements have been postponed to 2019, and the consumer
market is saturated.

These results are preliminary. Final statistics will be available soon
to clients of Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region
program. This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the
worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing
and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future
implications around the globe.

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