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Gartner: PC market continues to decline

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In India, a significant drop in consumer demand together with high inventory remaining in the channels led to a stronger than expected decline in the consumer and SMB segments, while Intel supply shortages led to a drop in sales to the enterprise customers. Region-wise, the US saw a small increase in volume from the a year ago, whereas it was all negative in the Europe Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region and the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, saw a single-digit decline - majorly due to the US-China trade war.

Apple shipments declined 3.8 percent to 4.920, though its market share went slightly higher to 7.2 percent form 7.1 percent.

PC shipments of desktop, notebook, and workstation fell 3.7 percent to over 68.1 million units in Q4 2018 and fell 0.4 percent in 2018, according to IDC report. But a volatile stock market and a post-Black Friday/Cyber Monday downturn saw "the lowest sequential growth for a holiday quarter since the fourth quarter of 2012".

"Political and economic uncertainties in some countries dampened PC demand", said Mikako Kitagawa, Senior Principal Analyst at Gartner. Dell reportedly seems to have performed well as its year-on-year growth among the top OEMs is at 1.6 percent for the quarter and ended 2018 progressing by 5.6 percent.

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There is some good news for Lenovo who managed to beat HP to the number one spot by acquiring 24.2% of the market.

For the year, 2018 PC shipments surpassed 259.4 million units, a 1.3% decline from 2017.

Preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18) showed shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, and workstation) totaled just over 68.1 million units, marking a decline of 3.7% in year-on-year terms, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. "We expect this demand will be pushed forward into 2019 if CPU availability improves".

ZDNet, on the other hand, lays the blame on the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. Moreover, Acer took fifth place with a market share of 6.7 percent and a year-over-year decline of 8.5 percent. Gartner said that holiday sales were no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs. HP Inc's market share was unchanged at 22.4 percent, with shipments falling 4.4 percent to 15.380 million.

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