IDC: Manufacturers shipped far fewer PCs and laptops

Manufacturers of PCs and laptops delivered 29 percent fewer units last quarter than in the same period last year. This has been calculated by analyst firm IDC. All manufacturers made significant cuts, without exception.

The drop in deliveries is due to lower demand, poor economic conditions and large stocks that manufacturers had to clear first, says IDC. The number of units delivered is also below the numbers of 2019 and 2018, so it is more than a return to the demand that was there before the corona pandemic broke out.

All manufacturers surrendered tens of percent. The strongest decline is for Apple. That fits the rumors about limited production of the M2 soc. That manufacturer delivered 40 percent fewer desktops and laptops, claims IDC. Lenovo, Dell and ASUS delivered about 30 percent fewer copies, only HP kept the damage relatively limited with a decline of 24 percent.

IDC believes lower demand will continue at least through the end of the year. A large group may then arrive that has purchased laptops or desktops for corona and is then ready for an upgrade, the analyst firm argues. It is an estimate without having taken note of the quarterly figures of the various manufacturers. Those quarterly figures will be released in the next month and a half.