Worldwide PC shipments grow for the first time in 6 years during 2Q18, says Gartner

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.

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.

Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q18 (Thousands of Units)

Company

2Q18 Shipments

2Q18 Market Share (%)

2Q17 Shipments

2Q17 Market Share (%)

2Q18-2Q17 Growth (%)

HP Inc.

4,245

29.3

4,269

29.9

-0.6

Dell

4,149

28.6

3,871

27.1

7.2

Lenovo*

2,160

14.9

1,996

14.0

8.2

Apple

1,841

12.7

1,811

12.7

1.7

Acer Group

478

3.3

380

2.7

25.7

Others

1,637

11.3

1,936

13.6

-15.5

Total

14,510

100.0

14,264

100.0

1.7

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: Read the full article at Gartner (July 2018)