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Lenovo leads PC shipments for 4Q18 and for the year overall

Q4 2018 PC shipments Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes
Ginger Lawrence | 12 January, 2019, 19:06

In brief: Research firms Gartner and IDC have released figures showing the state of PC sales last year-and it's not good news.

"Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs created supply chain issues". The demand existed, the market research firm says, only that the said shortage "affected vendors' ability to fulfill demand created by business PC upgrades".

Data provided by Gartner for the quarter indicates that worldwide PC shipments went down 4.3% to 68.6 million units.

PC makers shipped 68.6 million personal computers in the final quarter of 2018, a decline of 4.3 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, market researcher Gartner reported Thursday.

"The fourth quarter is typically oriented toward consumer promotions that help drive the industry's biggest quarter of the year, but the confluence of events in 2018 led to the lowest sequential growth for a holiday quarter since the fourth quarter of 2012", explained IDC. In regard to 4Q18, the global market was dominated by three vendors: Lenovo, HP, and Dell.

Political and economic uncertainties in some countries dampened PC demand.

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This was due to a strong quarter in the U.S. for Lenovo, whereas HP suffered declines in shipments in most key regions - with Asia being the notable exception. For the year 2018 PC shipments totaled 259.4 million units which is a 1.3% decline from 2017.

Whatever the reasons may be, one thing is for certain - 681 million new units were sold in the fourth quarter.

"There was even uncertainty in the USA - where the overall economy has been strong - among vulnerable buyer groups, such as small and midsize businesses (SMBs)".

Lenovo was the top PC maker in the quarter, capturing 14.2 percent of the market with 16.6 million units shipped, Gartner said.

After losing ground in the smartphone market due to the slower demand for the iPhone, Apple is now declining in the PC market as well, with MacBook sales dropping no less than 3.8% in Q4 2018.

HP was the market leader in 2017, with Lenovo being the top vendor for four consecutive years between 2013 and 2016. Third-place Dell grew its business 1.4 percent on 10.9 million units shipped, giving it 15.9 percent of the market.