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PC Shipments Post 14th Straight Quarterly Decline

Gartner’s latest research reveals global PC shipments fell 1.4% in Q1Y18, posting the fourteenth straight quarterly decline since 2012. Lenovo, HP and Dell retained their position as the industry’s top three vendors.

Global results were weighed down by declining volumes in the Asia Pacific and United States.

For Q1Y18, Asia Pacific PC shipments dropped 3.9% versus the same period last year. US PC shipments slipped 2.9%.

Gartner Principal Analyst, Mikako Kitagawa, claims Q1Y18 saw several vendors transfer inventory across from 2017, with many awaiting the release of Intel’s new 8th Gen core processors.

Retaining their position as the industry’s top three vendors, HP, Lenovo and Dell accounted for 56.9% of the global PC shipments in Q1Y18.

The result is up from 54.5% for the same period in 2017.


Of the three, Dell achieved the strongest growth rate in the period, with PC shipments climbing 6.5%. The company achieved notable growth in most locations, except the Asia Pacific. Desktops and mobile PCs grew in “equal measures”.

HP global PC shipments increased 2.8% in Q1Y18, and whilst Lenovo’s remained relatively flat.

In the first quarter of 2018, PC shipments in the Asia Pacific reached 21.9 million, a 3.9% drop compared to the same period last year.

Whilst Gartner’s latest results are preliminary, further information will be able in Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program.

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