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Worldwide PC Shipments Fall Again

Lenovo maintained pole position in the global PC market but suffered a 16% year-on-year drop to 16.9 million units. For the second quarter in a row, HP underwent the largest decline out of the top five vendors as it posted 12.7 million units, a 28% year-on-year fall. Both Lenovo and HP shipped their lowest totals since the onset of the pandemic in Q1 2020. Third-placed Dell also posted a significant decline of 21% in shipments, posting just under 12 million units. Apple enjoyed a better quarter than its competitors as it fulfilled orders from Q2 delayed due to supply disruptions in China and launched new M2 Macbooks. It sealed fourth place with 8.0 million units, a modest year-on-year increase of 2%. Asus rounded out the top five with 5.5 million units, an annual decrease of 8%.

Worldwide PC Shipments Fall Again

Worldwide sales of personal computers dropped for a fifth consecutive quarter in the April-June period, the longest decline in the PC market's history, a research firm said Wednesday. googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2'); ); The survey by Gartner found China's Lenovo edging past Hewlett-Packard as the world's largest vendor, reclaiming the top spot it had captured briefly last year.The preliminary figures showed a worldwide drop of 10.9 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period a year ago, with PC shipments falling to 76 million units."We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets," said Mikako Kitagawa, analyst at Gartner."In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who, at best, are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market."Gartner's survey showed Lenovo taking a 16.7 percent global market share with shipments of 12.67 million units, just ahead of HP's 12.4 million and 16.3 percent share. Both firms saw sales declines, but Lenovo's was limited to 0.6 percent while HP sales fell 4.8 percent.Dell was the number three vendor, with sales of 8.9 million and a market share of 11.8 percent.Number four vendor Acer experienced a drop of 35 percent, and fifth-place Asus showed a 20.5 percent drop as the two Taiwan-based firms decided to exit the mini-notebook market.The PC market has been struggling amid a shift to tablets, and got little help from the new Windows 8 operated system introduced by Microsoft last year."While Windows 8 has been blamed by some as the reason for the PC market's decline, we believe this is unfounded as it does not explain the sustained decline in PC shipments, nor does it explain Apple's market performance," Kitagawa said.Apple was not among the top five global vendors, but was third in the US market with a 4.3 percent drop in sales in the past quarter, Gartner said.Overall US sales totaled 15 million units in the second quarter, a 1.4 percent decline from a year earlier, and the figure was 8.5 percent higher than the first quarter.Kitagawa said the US market showed resilience because of "solid growth in the professional market," with some replacements of corporate computers.In the region including Europe, the Middle East and Africa, PC sales saw a 16.8 percent year-over-year drop, Gartner said. In Asia, the drop was 11.5 percent.A separate survey by research firm IDC showed a similar picture, estimating the decline at 11.4 percent and 75.6 million units.But IDC said the decline was not as bad as its earlier forecasts."We are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year," said Jay Chou, an IDC analyst."While efforts by the PC ecosystem to bring down price points and embrace touch computing should make PCs more attractive, a lot still needs to be done in launching attractive products and addressing competition from devices like tablets." 2013 AFP

Meanwhile, CTA and GfK expect global sales of televisions to fall 3 percent this year to $102 billion after being down 11 percent last year. And they forecast worldwide PC and tablet sales combined to drop 5 percent to $195 billion.

Gartner estimates worldwide PC shipments fell 9.6 percent to 64.8 million units in Q1 2016. In fact, the firm notes that this is the first quarter to see fewer than 65 million units since 2007. In other words, Q1 2016 PC shipments were almost at a decade-low.

IDC says PC shipments overall were 74.3 million in the quarter, down from 87.3 million a year ago, but up from 71.3 million in the June quarter. HP Inc . (ticker: HPQ) saw unit shipments fall 27.8%, to 12.7 million, IDC says, while shipments at Dell Technologies (DELL) slid 21.2%, to 12 million.

Global PC shipments fell 15.5% YoY in Q3 2022 to reach 71.1 million units recording another wave of huge YoY declines after the severe annual and sequential falls in Q2, according to Counterpoint Research data. The Q3 2022 decline was largely due to demand weakness across both consumer and commercial markets, which was mainly driven by global inflation. Despite components shortage issues being largely resolved, OEMs and ODMs are holding a relatively conservative view on Q4 2022 and first half of 2023.

New Delhi: The personal computer (PC) industry is facing a slowdown with sales falling worldwide in the second quarter of 2015, according to two reports released last week. While International Data Corp. (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker said global PC shipments fell by 11.8%, Gartner Inc. was slightly more optimistic, putting the decline at 9.5%.

IDC mentions that global PC shipments totalled 66.1 million units. This represented a year-on-year decline of 11.8%, about 1% below projections for the quarter. Gartner, on the other hand, reports that worldwide PC shipments totalled 68.4 million units in the second quarter of 2015, a 9.5% decline from the second quarter of 2014. This has been the steepest PC shipment decline since the third quarter of 2013.

Both IDC and Gartner agree that PC shipments are set to tumble further, with Gartner projecting full-year shipments falling 4.4%. IDC expects low-to-mid single-digit declines in the second half of 2015, before volumes stabilize in future years.

According to preliminary results released by Gartner, worldwide PC shipments totalled 68.9m for the third quarter of 2016, a decline of 5.7 percent over the previous year. Gartner attributes these poor results to weak demand during the back-to-school period.

Falling demand combined with supply chain issues have led to a 15-percent fall in total traditional worldwide PC shipments, according to the latest PC market report released Monday from analyst firm IDC.

Similar results were reported by market research firm Canalys, which estimated that worldwide combined shipments of desktop and notebook PCs fell 17.7 percent to 69.4 million units. That included a 19-percent year-over-year drop in notebook PC shipments to 54.7 million units, while desktop PC shipments fell 11 percent to 14.7 million units.

The latest Canalys data shows that worldwide PC (including tablet) shipments fell just 3% annually in Q1 2022, to 118.1 million units. Despite this dip, shipments remain extremely strong compared with before the pandemic, with a three-year CAGR of 12% from Q1 2019.

Worldwide tablet shipments fell slightly, by 3%, but against what was an exceptionally strong Q1 2021. Apple, again in first place, saw a 2% fall in shipments in Q1 as it shipped 14.9 million iPads worldwide. Second-placed Samsung also posted a 2% decline for a total of 7.9 million tablets shipped. For the first time in over a year, Amazon surpassed Lenovo to take third place with a growth of 3% on the back of heavy discounting of its Fire tablets. Lenovo endured the second biggest decline of the top five vendors, with its shipments down 20% year on year to 3 million units. Huawei rounded out the top five, with a 22% decline and 1.7 million tablets shipped globally.

The growth in PC shipments was enough to give Gartner analyst Mikakio Kitagawa some hope that the industry could be ready to take a breather from its three-year slump. And though tablets may still be on the rise, the PC could be finding its footing once again.

Gold demand in the wireless sector also experienced a major decline during Q4. Weak smartphone demand and US sanctions against Huawei left device manufacturers with large inventories of power amplifiers, forcing them to adjust their orders down accordingly. This in turn reportedly led to falling utilisation rates at major chip manufacturers such as WIN Semi and TSMC. Other application areas, including uses in low Earth orbit satellites (LEOS)5 and light detection and ranging (LIDAR)6, were not as heavily impacted. But as these make up only a small proportion of wireless demand, this relative strength did not offset falls in the consumer electronics segment. However, power amplifier inventory adjustments are forecast to be completed towards the middle of 2023 and the longer term need for high-end wireless chips in various applications will almost certainly spur a recovery in demand.

Research firm IDC today released its preliminary calculations of PC shipments for the first quarter of 2013, finding the worst year-over-year performance in the nearly 20-year history of its tracking studies. According to IDC's numbers, the worldwide PC market declined nearly 14% compared to the first quarter of 2012, with the U.S. market declining by nearly 13%.

IDC's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q13 (Thousands of Units)Apple does not rank on IDC's list of top five vendors on a worldwide basis, with Asus holding down the bottom spot at 5.7% of the market. Lenovo was, however, the only one of the top five worldwide vendors to avoid major declines in PC shipments, managing to hold steady amid the declining market.

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