PC shipments up 1.5% in Q2

Friday 12 July 2019 | 14:23 CET | News

The worldwide PC market grew 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2019 after two quarters of decline, according to preliminary results by Gartner. Shipments totaled 63 million units in Q2, up from 62 million units in the second quarter of 2018. The ongoing trade dispute – and potential imposition of tariffs – adds uncertainty to the near-term outlook for PC demand.

The top three vendors – Lenovo, HP Inc. and Dell – accounted for 64.1 percent of global PC shipments in the second quarter of, compared with 60.7 percent of shipments in the second quarter of 2018. These top three vendors continued to gain share in the PC market taking advantage of economies of scale. Intel’s CPU supply shortage in the first half of the year accelerated this trend.

Lenovo retained the top spot in the second quarter with the fastest year-over-year growth and the largest share gain among the top vendors. However, it's possible that its shipments reflected some anticipation of the potential tariffs. Lenovo experienced double-digit shipment growth in all key regions except Latin America, where the overall PC market declined.

HP’s worldwide PC shipments increased 2.6 percent in the second quarter versus the same period last year. Strong business PC demand boosted HP’s growth across all key regions and offset weaker mobile PC shipments. Gartner does not include Chromebooks in the PC market, but HP experienced strong growth in Chromebooks shipments and will most likely remain the leader in the segment.

Dell recorded its sixth consecutive quarter of PC shipment growth in the second quarter. Dell’s growth trend has been the most consistent out of the top vendors over the past three years, driven by its clear focus on where the company invests, researchers said.

Regional overview

In the US, PC shipments totaled 14 million units in the second quarter, a 0.4 percent decline from the second quarter of 2018. HP retained the top spot in the US based on shipments, as its market share increased to 29.8 percent. Dell remained in the No. 2 position with 28.4 percent market share.

The EMEA PC market returned to growth in Q2 with a 1.7 percent increase year over year. Business demand remained strong, as companies and government organisations continued with Windows 10 deployments and a refresh of their PC installed base, but consumer demand remained very weak, as many mainstream users are not seeing enough innovation outside of gaming and high-end mobile PCs. This continues to result in longer PC life cycles and has a very negative impact on midtier PC vendors that sell more to the consumer segment.

PC shipments in Asia/Pacific declined 1 percent compared with a year ago, the third consecutive quarter of shipment decline for the region. A large part of the decline can be attributed to a weak China market as overall sentiment was to tighten spending due to uncertainties. Other Asia/Pacific markets showed better results as Windows 10 migration drove growth in mature countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Business PC demand also drove strong growth for Japan in the second quarter.

Latin America PC shipments experienced a 3.9 percent decline in Q2, which was modest compared with the previous two quarters. The market was affected by economic and political uncertainties as well as the CPU shortage. Emerging regions such as Latin America tend to have lower priority for CPU allocation, so the impact from the shortage could be larger than in other mature regions.


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