Global PC market records positive growth for the first time since 2011

Darnell Taylor
January 16, 2020

According to recent stats by research firm, Gartner, global PC shipments rose for the first time in 7 years in 2019.

Worldwide PC shipments totalled 261.2 million units in 2019, a 0.6 per cent increase from 2018.

A report from research and advisory company, Gartner, released today indicates that Apple's worldwide shipments of Macs has declined year-over-year.

But with Microsoft ending support for Windows 7, many businesses have been forced to upgrade their devices, particularly in the US, EMEA and Japan.

Dell Technologies retained the third position in the PC market in 2019 and grew its market share 0.5 points over 2018 reaching 17.5% worldwide. "Without this shortage, shipments would have grown faster than the reported results", she said. The other vendors in the top six were Dell which shipped 12,114 units and had market share of 17.2%.

In all the top 3 vendors accounted for 63.1% of the total shipments for the year with a combined global shipment of 171.8 million.

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Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said 2019 marked the beginning of the company's new growth strategy, which focuses on the development of smart Internet of Things, smart infrastructure and smart vertical industrial applications.

This has helped Lenovo, HP and Dell occupy the first three places in the list of manufacturers that have supplied the highest amount of computers per year. The Verge points out that the PC market grew in the first quarter of 2018, but that 2019 is the first year the market saw growth over the course of an entire year. There are still millions of PCs yet to make the upgrade, however, with more than 30 per cent of desktops still running Windows 7, according to the latest figures from NetMarketShare. Aside from a small drop in Asus shipments, Apple was the only major PC vendor to see Q4 2019 shipments fall. "The relatively stable economic conditions in the U.S. compared with previous quarters, coupled with the end of Windows 7 support, also loosened up spending on PCs".

However, this increase in sales was largely driven by demand for Windows 10 upgrades as Windows 7's end of life date has now arrived. For long many PC users have been indifferent about changing their PCs.

However, a continuous decline in the consumer PC market is projected over the next five years. IDC's data suggests Apple shipped 4.72 million Macs in Q4 2019, down from 4.98 million in the year-ago quarter.

This includes "foldable laptops" introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show this past week along with initiatives.

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