PC shipments grew during pandemic but that growth will be short lived

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Despite lockdowns being in force in many parts of the world during the second quarter of this year, PC shipments grew according to preliminary data from Gartner.

According to the research by Gartner, PC shipments totaled 64.8 million during the quarter representing an increase of 2.8 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019.

While much of this growth comes from the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, which saw shipments increase by a gargantuan 20 percent, research director at Gartner, Mikako Kitagawa cautions against celebrating this win too soon.

“After the PC supply chain was severely disrupted in early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the growth this quarter was due to distributors and retail channels restocking their supplies back to near-normal levels,” said Kitagawa.

“Additionally, mobile PC growth was particularly strong, driven by several factors including business continuity for remote working, online education and consumers’ entertainment needs. However, this uptick in mobile PC demand will not continue beyond 2020, as shipments were mainly boosted by short-term business needs due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the research director said.

Looking at brands, Lenovo and HP dominate the global market. Lenovo commands 25 percent of the market while HP enjoys 24.9 percent.

However, looking at growth figures, HP appears to be doing better than Lenovo with growth coming in at 17.1 percent compared to Q2 2019 compared to HP’s 4.2 percent growth compared to the same period.

While Dell has seen negative growth, Gartner notes that this is due to the firm’s strong mobile PC offering being offset by a decline in desktop PC shipments.

You can see the preliminary global PC shipment data broken down by vendor below.

Company 2Q20 Shipments 2Q20 Market Share (%) 2Q19 Shipments 2Q19 Market Share (%) 2Q20-2Q19 Growth (%)
Lenovo 16 197 25 15 541 24.7 4.2
HP Inc. 16 165 24.9 13 810 21.9 17.1
Dell 10 648 16.4 10 680 16.9 -0.3
Apple 4 368 6.7 4 157 6.6 5.1
Acer Group 4 007 6.2 3 241 5.1 23.6
ASUS 3 593 5.5 2 960 4.7 21.4
Others 9 829 15.2 12 658 20.1 -22.4
Total 64 808 100 63 047 100 2.8


[Source – Gartner] [Image – CC 0 Pixabay (cropped)]

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

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