The PC market remains to be declining, in response to analysis corporations Gartner and IDC. Whereas the 2 agreed on that 2018 was unfavourable, they disagreed on who shipped extra PCs: HP or Lenovo. As with the yr earlier than, Dell was indisputably third.

Each corporations proceed to be optimistic in regards to the PC market, regardless of extra quarters and years within the purple than within the black. For 2017, Gartner and IDC argued that computer systems had hit all-time low, and turnaround was due. Whereas 2018 noticed a optimistic Q2 and a flat Q3, total the yr was nonetheless down.

(Gartner additionally shares U.S.-specific figures and in Q3 discovered that Microsoft had damaged into the highest 5 PC distributors. The corporate held onto this place in This autumn, exhibiting that it wasn’t only a one-time blip. However that’s U.S.-only — Microsoft nonetheless doesn’t seem on worldwide charts.)

This autumn 2018

Gartner estimates worldwide PC shipments fell four.three % to 68.6 million models in This autumn 2018. The highest six distributors had been Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Asus, and Acer. As you’ll be able to see within the chart beneath, Gartner discovered that solely Lenovo and Dell elevated their PC shipments. HP, Apple, Asus, and Acer all shipped fewer computer systems. The remainder of the market was down 12.9 %.

In the meantime, IDC estimates worldwide PC shipments fell three.7 % to 68.1 million models within the fourth quarter. The highest 5 distributors in IDC’s outcomes had been Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer. IDC agrees with Gartner on the trajectory of the highest corporations. The remainder of the market was down 11.2 %. The precise numbers, in your perusal:

It’s value noting that a few of Lenovo’s numbers are due partly to the inclusion of models from its three way partnership with Fujitsu, fashioned in Might 2018. These numbers have an effect on the total yr outcomes as nicely.


Gartner discovered that 2018 was the seventh yr of annual declines, though the drop was much less steep than the previous three years. The trio of corporations main the pack grew, whereas the opposite trio shrunk:

IDC’s full yr outcomes additionally confirmed a transparent separation from the leaders and the runners up:

Gartner discovered that worldwide PC shipments totaled 259.four million models in 2018, a 1.three % lower from 2017. Corporations proceed to purchase PCs, however shoppers proceed to be onerous to persuade.

“The vast majority of the PC cargo decline in 2018 was as a result of weak shopper PC shipments,” Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa stated in an announcement. “Client shipments accounted for about 40 % of PC shipments in 2018 in contrast with representing 49 % of shipments in 2014. …The market stabilization in 2018 was attributed to constant enterprise PC development, pushed by the Home windows 10 improve.”

IDC discovered that the PC market solely shrank zero.four % to 258.5 million models, however warned the U.S.-China commerce warfare might make issues worse.

“The continuing financial tensions between China and the USA proceed to create a variety of uncertainty within the enterprise surroundings in China,” IDC analysis supervisor Maciek Gornicki stated in an announcement. “As demand for Chinese language merchandise within the U.S. drops, this significantly impacts companies of all sizes from the manufacturing sector in China, which, in flip, interprets to a drop in IT purchases by these corporations. Consequently, the PC market in China is anticipated to undergo greater declines all year long. And if the commerce warfare escalates additional, we should always count on spillover of the impression to different international locations, significantly as a result of anticipated fluctuations of the change charges impacting companies throughout the area.”