Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Component shortages to hurt PC market until end of 2018 - Gartner

Component shortages to hurt PC market until end of 2018 - Gartner

The analyst firm's latest report estimates that PC shipments hit 67 million units globally, down 3.6% year-on-year - but Apple's Mac machines slipped to 4.6 million units, a more pronounced decline of 5.6% compared to the third quarter of 2016 (which witnessed almost 4.9 million units shipped).

According to Gartner, HP shipped more units than others in the past quarter, a total of 14,592. In the U.S. PC's experienced a notable decline with poor notebook shipments but slightly better desktop shipments.

HP was No.1 with a 23% market share with 15.3 units shipped shipments, up 6% y-ot and the only on with significant shipment growth.

However, in the USA the traditional PC market experienced a fresh decline in shipments with a notable drop in notebook sales. This marks the 12th consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments, per Gartner.

No.3 was Dell with 16% share and 10.8 million shipments, up 0.8%. In the United States market, all PC makers saw a decline in shipment numbers-HP registered the lowest decline at 2.7% year-on-year to soften the blow, while Lenovo lost the most with a 25.2% decline in shipments and Asus clocked a 22% decline.

When compared to the same period in the previous year, HP was the only company who increased its sales.

Gartner and IDC analysts have pointed to a variety of factors of this past quarter's decline, including component shortages.

"The gains in emerging regions and potential for more commercial replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines in total shipments for the next few years", Loverde added. It appears the company is putting more emphasis on profitability than share gain.

No.4 was Apple with a 7.3% share and 4.9 million units shipped which was up 0.3%.

"While there were signs of stabilisation in the PC industry in key regions, including EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), Japan and Latin America, the relatively stable results were offset by the USA market, which saw a 10 per cent (year-over-year) decline", said Mika Kitagawa, Principal Analyst at Gartner.

Component shortages will continue to hurt PC sales at the industry's major suppliers for at least another year, according to Gartner.

"Business PC demand, led by Windows 10 upgrades, continued to drive PC shipments across all regions, but its refresh schedule varies by region".

"The component price hike affected the consumer PC market as most vendors generally pass the price hike on to consumers, rather than absorbing the cost themselves", said Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

Apart from the U.S. market pulling down global numbers, the shortages of certain components such as the DRAM led to changes in component prices.

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