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Global PC shipments fell 5% in the fourth quarter of 2021: Gartner

According to Gartner’s preliminary results, worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled 88.4 million units, down 5% from the fourth quarter of 2020.

Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner’s research director, said: “This could mean the end of the massive and unexpected growth in PC demand caused by the pandemic.

“But the fall in the fourth quarter slightly curtailed growth in the 2021 PC market, which was the highest shipment since 2013. During the pandemic, shipment growth raised average selling prices (ASPs). Supported by profits and an overall healthy market. As a result, annual PC shipments are not expected to drop to pre-pandemic levels for at least a couple of years. “

The top three vendors in the global PC market remained unchanged in the fourth quarter of 2021, with Lenovo remaining at the top of shipments.

Lenovo’s worldwide PC shipments fell by nearly 12% in the fourth quarter of 2021. This is the company’s first year-over-year decline since the first quarter of 2020. This decline is due to a slowdown in the US market, sluggish demand for Chromebooks, and supply chain issues. This hampered Lenovo’s ability to supply PCs to enterprise customers. These factors also contributed to a 4% year-on-year decrease in HP. However, the decline in HP was curbed by strong growth in the Asia-Pacific market.

Dell gained market share during this period after recording growth for the fifth consecutive quarter. Driven by strong performance in Latin America, EMEA and the Asia-Pacific region, the company’s first-ever shipments exceeded 17 million units.

The US PC market fell by double digits in the fourth quarter of 2021, with shipments down 24.2% year-on-year. This decline was primarily due to sluggish Chromebook shipments as demand from educational institutions continued to slow. US business PC sales were generally strong due to economic recovery and office reopening, but supply chain delays affected shipments, especially in large corporate markets. During the holiday season, consumer demand was modest, and PC sales were lower than in 2020.

Dell has secured the top spot in the US PC market based on shipments with a market share of 28.5%. HP accounts for 25.9% of the US PC market share.

The EMEA PC market grew 7.4% year-on-year, reaching a maximum of 26 million units in five years. This growth was driven by the demand for business PCs associated with increased economic and social recovery as many companies, schools and universities began to return to face-to-face operations.

Excluding Japan, the Asia Pacific market grew 11.5% year-on-year. The mobile PC market was particularly strong in the region as many private companies pre-ordered additional mobile PCs in anticipation of potential market shortages.

Global PC shipments in 2021 totaled 339.8 million units, an increase of 9.9% from 2020.

After a long period of decline and occasional gradual growth, the pandemic has revived the PC industry, as evidenced by the continued strong growth of 2021. Gartner expects PC demand to slow for at least the next two years, but annual shipments are not expected to drop to pre-pandemic levels during that period.

“The pandemic has significantly changed the behavior of business and consumer PC users as people have to adopt new ways of working and lifestyles,” says Kitagawa. “After the pandemic, some of the newly established PC usages, such as remote or hybrid work styles, online courses, and online communication with friends and family, will continue to be practiced on a regular basis.”

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