Worldwide PC shipments continue their decline, down 2% in Q4

PC sales continue to decline

Worldwide PC shipments continue their decline, down 2% in Q4

As the PC market has been on a decline in recent years, this marks the first growth for the holiday quarter in six years, IDC says. The market, which includes desktops, notebooks, and workstations, grew by 0.7 percent over the holiday season previous year.

IDC did note that overall growth for 2017 was down, but only by 0.2 percent.

Mac shipments in Q4 2017 were up 7.3% year-on-year, according to IDC data.

'The fourth quarter results showed some potentially encouraging headway against the hard environment in retail and consumer PCs, ' says Jay Chou, research manager with IDC's Personal Computing Device Tracker division, of the results.

IDC's Chou has more or less similar views as he mentioned that "Enticed by a growing array of products that promise all-day battery life, high portability, and address emerging use cases that require more compute power, pockets of the consumer base are taking a serious look at these revamped PCs".

With shipments growing 6.6 percent, HP witnessed Year-over-Year (YoY) growth in all regions, including the challenging USA market.

The bulk of the growth, IDC claims, came from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) regions, while Japan itself is highlighted as the overall victor with 3.8 percent growth for the quarter - 'due to rising demand from Windows 10 migration, ' IDC's analysts opine.

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IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide traditional PC market when there is a difference of one tenth of one percent or less in the share of revenues or shipments among two or more companies. IT and International Data Corporation ("IDC") - yesterday reported worldwide PC shipment data for the fourth quarter of 2017. Shipments grew 8.3% compared to a year ago for the seventh consecutive quarter of positive growth and volume hit more than 16 million units for the first time since the third quarter of 2011.

The 2017 holiday quarter was a positive one for the PC market, according to the latest estimates from analysts at IDC. A shortage of components such as SSDs also helped drive PC sales in 2017, as top companies competed to lock in supplies ahead of price increases, IDC said in the report.

HP also saw the greatest quarterly growth (8.3 percent according to Gartner and 6.6 percent according to IDC), while Asus suffered the biggest year-on-year decline at around 11 percent. PC buyers will look for quality and functionality rather than looking for the lowest price, which will increase PC average selling prices (ASPs) and improve profitability in the long run. Lenovo had moderate growth in EMEA and Asia/Pacific, but shipments declined in North America.

Shipments for the full year still declined slightly, dropping by 0.2 percent.

Talking about only the USA market, it is only HP which has witnessed increase in PC shipments as well as improvement in market share. The decline marked the 13th straight quarter of year-over-year fall, which is the longest duration of decline in the history of the PC industry. The company showed year-over-year growth in all regions, including the challenging USA market.

What the companies do agree on is the top four worldwide PC vendors in 2017.

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