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PC Shipments Slow After Pandemic-Driven Growth: IDC

The pandemic-driven PC boom has finally started to slow, as global shipments decline by 5.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2022.

This is according to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, which shows that, although shipments are down, the industry remains healthy, with 80.5 million PCs (including desktops, notebooks, and workstations) shipped during the quarter.

This marks the seventh consecutive quarter where global shipments have surpassed 80 million.

“The focus shouldn’t be on the year-over-year decline in PC volumes because that was to be expected. The focus should be on the PC industry managing to ship more than 80 million PCs at a time when logistics and supply chain are still a mess, accompanied by numerous geopolitical and pandemic-related challenges,” said Ryan Reith, group vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.

“We have witnessed some slowdown in both the education and consumer markets, but all indicators show demand for commercial PCs remains very strong.

“We also believe that the consumer market will pick up again in the near future. The result of 1Q22 was PC shipment volumes that were near record levels for a first quarter.”

“Even as parts of the market slow due to demand saturation and rising costs, we still see some silver linings in a market that has reached an inflection point towards a slower pace of growth,” said Jay Chou, research manager for IDC’s Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker.

“Aside from commercial spending on PCs, there are still emerging markets where demand had been neglected in the earlier periods of the pandemic, and higher end consumer demand also has held up.”


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