PC Shipments Continue to Rise, Chromebooks Getting Left Behind

PC shipments have been rising for the past six quarters, and this quarter has been no different with shipments increasing by a total of 9.3%. This means that over 84 million units were shipped in the past quarter.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that this is happening despite a components shortage that is causing problems in other industries with the smartphone industry in particular being negatively impacted by this to a rather large extent.

One thing that should be noted is that the rate of growth is decelerating with all things having been considered and taken into account. This might be concerning to certain key players because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making it likely that the growth rate will continue to drop, especially since this is the first single digit growth percentage that has been seen in the past 6 quarters.

Previous quarters saw double digit growth, and while this quarter only barely missed out on double digits it is still a sign that the component shortage is having an impact even if that impact is not quite as strong as it was expected to be.

The shortage is likely going to get worse at least until 2022, and that is something that might cause growth rates to decline further which could wreak havoc with stock prices since some speculators might not be able to take a long term approach to certain things that should matter more to them. However, the healthy growth rate means that there will likely be a buffer that will help prevent a shrinking of the industry which would be something actually disastrous and a cause for alarm if it happens to occur, though the chances of that are slim.

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