PC sales stumble over the holiday period from processor shortages

Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes

The report was published by Gartner earlier today which noted a significant drop in the shipments. Japan had an especially strong quarter driven by commercial refresh, which lifted virtually all aspects of the market.

Mac shipments themselves declined 3.8 percents over Q4 and declined 2.1 percent over the year.

Apart from the trade war between the USA and China, IDC says that the shortage of Intel CPUs in the fourth quarter resulted in overall negative growth.

"As demand for Chinese products in the US drops, this particularly impacts businesses of all sizes from the manufacturing sector in China, which, in turn, translates to a drop in IT purchases by these companies". Dell, in contrast, had the strongest year-over-year growth among the top five OEMs with a 1.6 percent increase in quarterly shipments. Asus shipments sank 10.7 percent to 4.211 million, while its market share declined to 6.1 percent from 6.6 percent. Among other players, HP saw a modest decline in its year-over-year volumes.

ZDNet, on the other hand, lays the blame on the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

New data from IDC and Gartner has revealed that the United States trade war with China and processor shortages have had a significant impact of PC sales at a time when the PC market appeared to be recovering. World market leader Lenovo was able to further expand its leadership position with a market share of 22.5 percent, behind HP (21.7 percent market share) and Dell (16.2 percent).

Just when the PC market found its footing the USA trade war with China and processor shortages put the kibosh on unit sales, according to stats from both IDC and Gartner.

Apple's market share of 7.2 percent was a distant fourth, declining 3.8 percent on 4.9 million units shipped. "There was even uncertainty in the US - where the overall economy has been strong - among vulnerable buyer groups, such as small and midsize businesses (SMBs)".

Now that 2018 is past us, we finally have some data about PC sales during the holiday seasons, and they're not looking really good. Finally, at Acer, shipments dropped 18.3 percent to 3.861 million, while its market share fell to 5.6 percent form 6.6 percent. "Holiday sales are no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs".

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