Worldwide PC shipments have recovered from six years of decline with a modest bump in the third quarter of this year, research from Gartner reveals.
Total shipments came in at 67.2 million for the period, or a 0.1 percent increase from 67.15 million in the third quarter of 2017. Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Japan and Asia Pacific all saw growth during the period, cushioning declines in the US and Latin America.
The numbers mirror research from IDC that focused on Australian PC shipments released last month, posting 8.8 percent year-over-year growth in the second quarter of 2018 at just over 1 million units. Gartner’s Australian figures will be released next month.
“The PC market continued to be driven by steady corporate PC demand, which was driven by Windows 10 PC hardware upgrades. We expect the Windows 10 upgrade cycle to continue through 2020 at which point the upgrade demand will diminish,” Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.
“Despite the third quarter typically showing strong consumer PC sales due to the back-to-school season, weakness in consumer PC demand continued, offsetting the strong sales in the business market.”
Lenovo wrested the market leader position away from HP with close to 16 million units shipped, up 10.7 percent from 14 million in 2017, boosted by growth in its commercial business through a joint venture with Fujitsu.
HP also posted growth despite falling to second place with 14.6 million shipments, which is up 6.2 percent from last year’s 13.7 million. Dell remains in third place with 10.7 million shipments, up 5.3 percent, representing 10 consecutive quarters of shipment growth.