Report: PC shipments down 12% in Q1 2020

Report: PC shipments down 12% in Q1 2020

The number of PC's shipped in Q1 2020 dropped by up to 12 per cent.

As reported by VentureBeat, research firms Gartner and IDC claimed the market experienced a drop in the region of 9.8 per cent-to-12.3 per cent.

Both companies claimed the decline is the result of the coronavirus outbreak. Gartner claimed it was the "sharpest decline since 2013, due to the COVID-19 outbreak." Meanwhile, IDC insisted the decrease was the result of "reduced supply due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, the world's largest supplier of PCs."

For six years, the PC market saw a constant decrease. However, 2019 turned out to be a good year with the market gaining some ground.

Gartner claimed that the market saw a decline of 12.3 per cent, the units shipped in quarter one amounted to 51.6 million. Of all the top six PC brands – Dell, Lenovo, HP, Apple, Acer and Asus – only Dell experienced gains in Q1 2020 with an increase of 2.2 per cent. The worst performing was Asus with a decline of 26.2 per cent.

However, other brands had a collective drop of 31 per cent.

Moreover, IDC's estimates claim that the market saw a drop of 9.8 per cent to 53.2 million units. Yet again, it was found that only Dell experienced growth with 1.1 per cent. However, IDC listed the top five leaving Asus off that list. Therefore, Apple had the weakest performance with a decrease of 20.7 per cent.

As a collective, the other brands' category saw a drop of 16.1 per cent – a better showing than in Gartner's findings.

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