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

Darnell Taylor
January 13, 2019

The PC industry is driven by consumer demand in the fourth quarter, but a rocky stock market and volatility hampered demand. Region-wise, the US saw a small increase in volume from the previous year, whereas it was all negative in the Europe Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region and the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, saw a single-digit decline - majorly due to the US-China trade war.

Lenovo, HP Inc. and Dell, accounted for 63 percent of PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2018, 4 percent increase from that of a year ago. Apple market share fell in the fourth quarter globally compared to a year ago, but slightly increased in the U.S. Here's the global standings via IDC: PC makers rolled out new models at CES 2019.

The top three vendors were able to boost their market share and Lenovo claimed the number one spot followed by HP and Dell. Gartner, however, expects the demand to 2019 will continue.

Preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18) showed shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, and workstation) totaled just over 68.1 million units, marking a decline of 3.7% in year-on-year terms, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. Political and economic uncertainties in some countries was another depressing factor for PC demand. IDC reported similar results, tallying 68.1 million PC shipments for the quarter, a 3.7 percent decline.

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IDC found that the PC market only shrank 0.4 percent to 258.5 million units, but warned the U.S. The company has recorded three consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year shipment growth, despite the stagnant overall market.

The end of the processor shortage will likely help boost PC sales but any further escalation of the United States trade war against China could be devastating for the PC market.

Acer Group took fifth place with market share of 6.7 percent and decline of 8.5 percent. Gartner said that holiday sales were no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs.

The top five vendors in the fourth quarter were Lenovo (24.2% market share; up 5.9% from the same quarter in 2017), HP (22.4%; down 4.4%), Dell (15.9%; up 1.4%), Apple (7.2%; down 3.8%), Asus (6.1%; down 10.7%) and Acer (5.6%; down 18.3%).

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