According to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, worldwide shipments of traditional PCs declined 15.3% year over year to 71.3 million units in Q2/22. This was the second consecutive quarter of lower shipments following two years of growth. The decline was expected, as supply and logistics further deteriorated due to the lockdowns in China and persistent macroeconomic headwinds.
“Fears over a recession continue to mount and weaken demand across segments,” Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers, said. “Consumer demand for PCs has weakened in the near term and is at risk of perishing in the long term as consumers become more cautious about their spending and once again grow accustomed to computing across device types such as phones and tablets. Meanwhile, commercial demand has been more robust, although it has also declined as businesses delay purchases.”
The total PC volume is still comparable to the beginning of the pandemic when volumes reached 74.3 million in Q2/20 and the market is still well above pre-pandemic levels as volumesin Q2/18 and Q2/19 were 62.1 million and 65.1 million units. respectively.
|Top Five Companies, Worldwide Traditional PC Shipments, Market Share and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q2/22 (Preliminary results, shipments are in thousands of units)|
|Company||Q2/22 Shipments||Q2/22 Market Share||Q2/21 Shipments||Q2/21 Market Share||Q2/22 vs. Q2/21 Growth|
|3. Dell Technologies||13.2||18.5%||14||16.6%||-5.3%|
|4. Acer Group||5||6.9%||6.1||7.3%||-19.2%|
|Source: IDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, July 11, 2022|
“With education PC appetite saturating and consumer demand stagnating, the U.S. PC market is staring at another quarter of double-digit decline across most segments,” Neha Mahajan, research manager for the devices and displays team at IDC, said. “Commercial PC demand is also showing signs of a slowdown; however, there are still pockets of growth expected in certain commercial sub-segments where demand for low mid-range Windows devices remains active and unfilled.”While rankings among the top three companies did not change, Apple did manage to slip into the fifth position, tying the company with ASUS as production dipped during the quarter. As a result, Acer found itself in fourth place this cycle. Barring any further supply issues, IDC expects Apple to ramp up its production in the second half of the year.
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