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Gartner: worldwide PC shipments declined 3.6 percent in Q3

Global PC shipments experienced a 3.6 percent decline in Q3, according to Gartner
Global PC shipments experienced a 3.6 percent decline in Q3, according to Gartner

Worldwide PC shipments totalled 67 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 3.6 percent decline from the third quarter of 2016 and representing the 12th consecutive quarter of decline, according to preliminary results by Gartner.

In the third quarter of 2017, HP Inc. and Lenovo were in a virtual tie for the top spot in the PC market based on shipments. However, HP Inc. is on an upward trajectory, and has experienced five consecutive quarters of global PC growth, while Lenovo has experienced declining shipments in eight of the last 10 quarters.

PC shipments in EMEA totalled 19 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 1.1 percent decline year over year. The contraction in the Western European PC market appears to have slowed down, with the potential for stability in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“While there were signs of stabilisation in the PC industry in key regions, including EMEA, Japan and Latin America, the relatively stable results were offset by the US market, which saw a 10 percent year-over-year decline in part because of a very weak back-to-school sales season,” said Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Business PC demand, led by Windows 10 upgrades, continued to drive PC shipments across all regions, but its refresh schedule varies by region. The countries with stable economies, such as the U.S., have created a positive sentiment among businesses, especially for small and midsized businesses, which are more vulnerable to external events, such as economic or political.”

There are ongoing component shortages, with DRAM shortages getting particularly worse during the third quarter of the year compared with the first half of 2017, according to Gartner. “The component price hike impacted the consumer PC market as most vendors generally pass the price hike on to consumers, rather than absorbing the cost themselves,” Kitagawa said. “We expect the DRAM shortage to continue to the end of 2018, but it will not be reflected in the final PC prices immediately.”

Preliminary worldwide PC vendor unit shipment estimates, Q3 2017 (Thousands of Units)

Company 3Q17 Shipments 3Q17 Market Share (%) 3Q16 Shipments 3Q16 Market Share (%) 3Q17-3Q16 Growth (%)
HP Inc. 14,592 21.8 13,983 20.1 4.4
Lenovo 14,356 21.4 14,576 21.0 -1.5
Dell 10,154 15.2 10,194 14.7 -0.4
Asus 4,892 7.3 5,373 7.7 -9.0
Apple 4,613 6.9 4,886 7.0 -5.6
Acer Group 4,323 6.5 4,610 6.6 -6.2
Others 14,077 21.0 15,889 22.9 -11.4
Total 67,005 100.0 69,510 100.0 -3.6

Source: Gartner (October 2017)

 

HP Inc. experienced growth in all key regions, except the U.S. market. Lenovo experienced its steepest year-over-year decline of PC shipments in the U.S. since it acquired the IBM PC business division in 2005, while the firm continues to face the dilemma of market share gains versus profitability. It appears the company is putting more emphasis on profitability than share gain.

Dell’s worldwide PC shipments were slightly down compared with a year ago, as it registered its first year-over-year shipment decline since the first quarter of 2016.

In the U.S., PC shipments totalled 14.7 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 10.3 percent decline from the third quarter of 2016. It was the fourth consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments.

In China, the PC market is estimated to have declined by 5 percent in the third quarter of 2017, with more stability in the business market, particularly in large enterprises, than in the consumer space.

“Weak back-to-school sales were further evidence that traditional consumer PC demand drivers for PCs are no longer effective,” Kitagawa said. “Business PC demand is stable in the U.S., but demand could slow down among SMBs due to PC price increases due to component shortages.”
Preliminary US PC vendor unit shipment estimates Q3 2017 (Thousands of Units)

Company 3Q17 Shipments 3Q17 Market Share (%) 3Q16 Shipments 3Q16 Market Share (%) 3Q17-3Q16 Growth (%)
HP Inc. 4,664 31.6 4,793 29.2 -2.7
Dell 3,772 25.6 3,994 24.3 -5.6
Apple 1,880 12.8 2,035 12.4 -7.6
Lenovo 1,799 12.2 2,407 14.7 -25.2
Asus 643 4.4 825 5.0 -22.0
Others 1,981 13.4 2,369 14.4 -16.4
Total 14,740 100.0 16,423 100.0 -10.3

 

 

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