Report: Global PC shipments grew 4.6% in Q2

Report: Global PC shipments grew 4.6% in Q2

PC shipments rose by almost five per cent year-on-year for the second quarter of 2021.

That's according to research firm Gartner, which reports that shipments around the world increased by 4.6 per cent to 71.6 million units in the three months ending June. The outfit does note that this is considerably lower than the 35.7 per cent year-on-year increase seen in the first three months of 2021.

“The global semiconductor shortage and subsequent component supply constraints have extended lead time for some enterprise mobile PC models to as long as 120 days,” research director Mikako Kitagawa said.

“This has led to prices increasing in the bill of materials, which vendors have passed on to end-users. Moving forward, rising prices could continue to slow PC demand through the next 6 to 12 months.”

The biggest winners year-on-year was Apple – who saw a 19.7 per cent increase in shipments – as well as Asus and Dell, who saw a 16 per cent and 14.4 per cent rise on the second quarter of 2020.

Nvidia has warned that there will be shortages of its GPUs for most of 2021.

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