IDC: Q4 PC shipments rise for first time in six years

IDC: Q4 PC shipments rise for first time in six years

IT and International Data Corporation ("IDC") - yesterday reported worldwide PC shipment data for the fourth quarter of 2017. In third place, Dell shipments lifted 0.7 percent in Q4, with its market rising to 15.2 percent form 14.7 percent. Lenovo previously stole the global PC crown from HP in 2013, only to relinquish the title back to HP a year ago.

According to IDC, market demand was driven by a desire from PC suppliers to snap up machines before components shortages drive up prices further. The decline in the segment came despite a record holiday season which signifies that PCs are no longer favorite gift items for the season, Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in her note. IDC had initially predicted demand would decline by 1.7 percent. This independent research firm highlighted a very interesting fact that in the last six or seven years, the PC industry has consolidated heavily.

The Japan traditional PC market exceeded IDC's forecast by a comfortable margin, achieving year-over-year growth of 3.8% versus the forecast of a 2.9% decline in shipments.

Worldwide PC shipments fell again in the fourth quarter and full year 2017, the 13th consecutive quarterly and the sixth year of annual decline, according to the latest preliminary study from Gartner.

The 4Q17 results further validate the view of a steadying, albeit still weak, traditional PC market, buoyed mainly by commercial upgrades and pockets of improving consumer PC demand.

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In the USA market, IDC reported the overall PC market performed below expectations in the Q4 2017, with a drop in notebook and desktop sales. Total shipments in the USA came to 16.5 million units, with HP leading.

Topping the list of PC shipments in 2017 were HP (58,800 shipments), Lenovo (54,857), Dell (41,821), Apple (19,661), Acer Group (17,564), and ASUS (17,109).

Washington, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Amid Market Consolidation, the Top Four PC Vendors Accounted for 64 Percent of Shipments in 2017.

For the year, 2017 PC shipments surpassed 262.5 million units, a 2.8 percent decline from 2016, according to Gartner's research. The consumer market stabilized thanks to online promotions in many countries, which drove demand for gaming PCs and thin and light notebooks. "However, the overall PC market remains a challenging one". Lenovo showed a decline in shipments in North America.

Like IDC, Gartner said the US PC market lagged compared to growth in Asia/Pacific, Japan and Latin America. However, the US market witnessed a steep decline as consumers were seen preferring new "popular products, such as voice-enabled speakers, and newly released smartphones" over PCs during the holiday season, per Kitagawa. For more, be sure to give IDC's full report a gander.

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