Lenovo holds on as world's No 2 PC supplier amid signs of market stability
12 October, 2017, 04:15
The results of the top two players last quarter marked some stability in the personal computer industry, which recorded just a 0.5 per cent year on year decrease in shipments to 60.3 million units during the period - better than IDC's earlier prediction of a 1.4 per cent decline.
"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 United States market, which saw a 10 per cent year-over-year decline in part because of a very weak back-to-school sales season", Gartner principal analyst, Mika Kitagawa, said.
That's according to third quarter PC shipments data from researchers at Gartner, who note that Apple slid to fifth place in the third quarter in terms of PC shipments. Continuing pressure from other mobile devices along with inventory management contributed to a drop in notebook shipments. The only consistent factor every quarter is that the PC simply isn't as in-demand as it once was.
In Asia-Pacific, PC shipments reached 24 million units in the third quarter of 2017, down 2.1 per cent from the same period past year with PC demand in the business segment remaining steady, especially for notebooks. Although desktops continued to erode, growing interest in gaming contributed towards keeping the desktop market afloat. China performed slightly better than anticipated following successful efforts of inventory clearing, which allowed for higher sell-in in the consumer and SMB segments.
Indian shipments were supported by market recovery after the GST reform, while the education sector benefited from roll out of the ELCOT project.
"The gains in emerging regins and potential for more commerical replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines for total shipments for the next five years", he says.
Windows 10 upgrades continued to feed PC demand among business, Gartner said, but refresh cycles have varied from region to region. As a result, the year-over-year growth of the overall Japan traditional PC market will be in line with forecast.
Among the top players, HP Inc was the only company to record a notable increase, with its shipments up 6%, lengthening its lead on the market to almost 23% share.
Both IDC and Gartner show HP as the top vendor in Q3, with Lenovo close behind. Lenovo was second with 21.6 percent. Dell fared well internationally, but saw declining volume in North America.
Namely that for the first time since they were launched, you can now purchase refurbished 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar notebooks from Apple, which might encourage a few more previously reticent buyers to take the plunge. "It appears the company is putting more emphasis on profitability than share gain", said Gartner. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly excel deliverables and on-line query tools.
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