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Despite Steady Demand, Global PC Shipments Forecast To Fall 7%

Market research company Canalys has estimated that global PC and tablet shipments will fall by 7% to 367.8 million units in 2020, as a result of supply disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Asia-Pacific region, however, the PC market is expected to decline by just 1% in 2020.

“From a category perspective, notebooks have been at the centre of a demand surge that has left vendors and channel partners scrambling,” said Ishan Dutt, Analyst at Canalys.

“We expect this demand to persist as many businesses that have been forced into home working and found it successful are now choosing to implement it on a larger scale,” said Dutt.

Source: Canalys

Despite this steady demand, desktop computer refresh rates may be delayed as businesses face greater uncertainty about their business operations.

Tablet shipments are also expected to slump in Q4 2020.

Nevertheless, Canalys is bullish about PC sales. “COVID-19 has given the PC industry a boost. Despite the progress that smartphones and tablets have made in recent years, the need for a high-performance mobile computing device has never been more pronounced. As countries emerge from this crisis and the ensuing economic slump, spending on technology solutions will be a key recovery driver,” said Rushabh Doshi, Canalys Research Director.

The market research company has forecast the global PC market to return to growth of 2% in 2022. PC growth is expected to be weighed by the weaker tablet market.

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