PC market grows thanks to business demand in Q2

PC shipments increased 1.4 percent – lifted by business PC segment — to 62.1 million units in the second quarter of 2018, according to Gartner.

This is the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since the first quarter of 2012.
Gartner report on PC market Q2 2018
All regions experienced some growth in the PC market. While the results are a positive result for the PC industry, Gartner analysts said this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry recovery just yet.

“PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
IDC chart on PC market Q2 2018Market research agency IDC said traditional PCs — desktop, notebook, and workstation – rose 2.7 percent to 62.3 million units.

“Though traditional PCs may not be the default device for many usage scenarios, the market continues to show pockets of resiliency as PC usage experience evolves and improves,” said Jay Chou, research manager with IDC’s Personal Computing Device Tracker. “Even certain types of desktops are seeing growth amid this business-driven refresh cycle.”

Gartner said Lenovo is the PC market leader with 21.9 percent share. HP has also grabbed 21.9 percent share, said Gartner. IDC said HP is the market leader with 23.9 percent share of the global PC space.

Dell has 16.8 percent share, said Gartner. IDC said Dell has 18.1 percent share of the global PC market.

Apple has 7.1 percent market share in the PC segment in Q2 2018, said Gartner. IDC said Apple has 6.9 percent share.

Acer’s PC market share was 6.4 percent, according to Gartner. IDC indicated that Acer has 6.7 percent share of the traditional PC market.