HP Leads Amid Falling Global PC Shipments in Q4 2017: Gartner

Mae Love
January 13, 2018

Unlike Gartner, the data compiled by IDC states that worldwide PC shipments registered the first growth in the last six holiday seasons.

For the full year, although IDC reported a 0.2% year-over-year volume decline in PC shipments, it stated that 2017 marks the most stable year for the industry since 2011. Reduced sales have hit companies hard, both traditional PC makers like Dell and component makers including AMD, Intel, and all hard drive manufacturers.

Dell Inc. held the third position in 4Q17, posting year-over-year growth of 0.7% and shipping more than 11 million units for the first time in 2017.

Worldwide PC shipments fell again in the fourth quarter and full year 2017, the 13th consecutive quarterly and the sixth year of annual decline, according to the latest preliminary study from Gartner.

'In the fourth quarter of 2017, there was PC shipment growth in Asia/Pacific, Japan and Latin America.

Research manager Jay Chou said PCs that "promised all-day battery life and high portability", along with "emerging use cases that require more compute power" meant that "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 United States market.

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For the whole year, IDC said the market declined 0.2 per cent to 259.5 million units.

Shipments into the channel - retailers and tech distributors - dropped 2 per cent year-on-year to 71.6 million, according to Gartner.

As always, IDC's definition of "Personal Computer" for the purposes of these statistics covers desktops, laptops, and convertible laptops, but not server products or pure-play tablet devices.

HP saw the highest demand among the increased shipments, pulling in a market share of 22.7 percent and maintaining its lead from 2016. The Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) also showed growth and strong demand, bolstered by the Singles Day sales. The group had initially forecast a 1.7% decline for the quarter. Demand continued to increase in Europe and the Middle East during Q4, but the USA market performed below expectations during the quarter as mobile devices continued to dampen many consumers' enthusiasm for new PCs. This will increase PC average selling prices (ASPs) and help profitability in the long run. Lenovo previously stole the global PC crown from HP in 2013, only to relinquish the title back to HP a year ago.

Talking about only the US market, it is only HP which has witnessed increase in PC shipments as well as improvement in market share. In EMEA, shipments slid 1.4 percent to 21.8 million units in Q4.

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

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