Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 4.3 Percent in Second Quarter of 2017

  • Global PC Shipments Decrease for 11th Straight Quarter

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 61.1 million units in the second quarter of 2017, a 4.3 percent decline from the second quarter of 2016, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The PC industry is in the midst of a 5 year slump, and this is the 11th straight quarter of declining shipments. Shipments in the second quarter of this year were the lowest quarter volume since 2007.

“Higher PC prices due to the impact of component shortages for DRAM, solid state drives (SSDs) and LCD panels had a pronounced negative impact on PC demand in the second quarter of 2017,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner “The approach to higher component costs varied by vendor. Some decided to absorb the component price hike without raising the final price of their devices, while other vendors transferred the costs to the end-user price.”

However, in the business segment, vendors could not increase the price too quickly, especially in large enterprises where the price is typically locked in based on the contract, which often run through the quarter or even the year,” Ms. Kitagawa said. “In the consumer market, the price hike has a greater impact as buying habits are more sensitive to price increases. Many consumers are willing to postpone their purchases until the price pressure eases.”

HP Inc. reclaimed the top position from Lenovo in the worldwide PC market in the second quarter of 2017 (see Table 1). HP Inc. has achieved five consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth. Shipments grew in most regions, and it did especially well in the U.S. market where its shipments growth far exceeded the regional average.

Table 1
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q17 (Thousands of Units)

Company 2Q17 Shipments 2Q17 Market Share (%) 2Q16 Shipments 2Q16 Market Share (%) 2Q17-2Q16 Growth (%)
HP Inc. 12,690 20.8 12,285 19.2 3.3
Lenovo 12,188 19.9 13,305 20.8 -8.4
Dell 9,557 15.6 9,421 14.7 1.4
Apple 4,236 6.9 4,252 6.7 -0.4
Asus 4,036 6.6 4,501 7.0 -10.3
Acer Group 3,850 6.3 4,402 6.9 -12.5
Others 14,546 23.8 15,710 24.6 -7.4
Total 61,105 100.0 63,876 100.0 4.3