According to market research company Gartner, worldwide PC deliveries fell again in the first quarter of 2018. According to the agency, the PC market has been showing a downward trend since the second quarter of 2012.
The research firm cites cause for the continuing downward trend in China, where the number of delivered PCs fell by 5.7 percent on an annual basis. This decline would have to do with a wait-and-see attitude of large companies and some state-owned companies in China. According to Gartner, they have postponed the purchase of new systems in anticipation of new policy, coming from the National People’s Congress of the Communist Party, which took place in March. In addition, suppliers and retailers have held relatively small inventories in the first quarter of 2018 in anticipation of the new Intel processors of the eighth generation.
HP, Lenovo and Dell had a combined market share of 56 in the first quarter, 9 percent of worldwide PC deliveries, compared to 54.5 percent a year ago. These three manufacturers are therefore increasingly making their mark on the PC market. Dell showed the strongest growth of the three; the manufacturer delivered 6.5 percent more PCs. Lenovo did not grow beyond 0.3 percent and HP grew 2.8 percent.
Asus and Acer are smaller players on the global PC market and delivered significantly fewer PCs in the first quarter of 2018. Asus delivered 12.5 percent fewer PCs and Acer reached a negative percentage of 8.6. In total, Asus delivered 3.9 million PCs in the quarter and Acer shipped 3.8 million systems. In comparison, HP supplied 12.9 million systems, followed by Lenovo with 12.3 million and Dell with 9.9 million PCs.
PCs mean the research firm understands desktop computers, laptops and 2-in-1 PCs; Chromebooks and iPads are not included. These are preliminary figures, which can therefore still change. It is not clear when Gartner publishes the final figures.