PC market dwindles for the seventh year – hits an all-time low

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, our use of personal computers, aka PC has reduced significantly. However, it seems like their usage in the corporate world is also decreasing.

In fact, research firm Gartner conducted an analysis of global PC shipments and discovered that the numbers have dropped to their lowest record level since 2006 during the year 2018. According to their estimates, PC vendors shipped around 259 million computers in 2018. These numbers decreased by 1% from 263 million in 2017.

Interestingly, the decline in the demand for Personal Computers started after 2011 – when the industry was at its peak and marked its seventh consecutive year of deteriorating sales in 2018.

However, a closer look at Gartner’s research shows that the industry did try to make a comeback in the second and third quarter of 2018 but was halted by a worldwide CPU shortage during the end.

PC market dwindles for the seventh year – hits an all-time low
Chart: Statista.

When it comes to the market share, Lenovo became the leading PC maker with 22.5% of global PC shipments in 2018. The 35-year old Chinese company surpassed the once-market leaders HP and Dell, who accounted for 21.7 % and 16.2 % respectively.

Tech giant Apple’s worldwide PC shipment was marked at 6.9% - indicating its wobbly hold on the PC market.

PC market dwindles for the seventh year – hits an all-time low

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