Q4 2018 PC shipments dip amid trade tensions, CPU shortages
Q4 2018 PC shipments dip amid trade tensions, CPU shortages
Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes
13 January, 2019, 21:16
As a result of those supply chain issues: "After two quarters of growth in 2Q18 and 3Q18, PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter". -China trade relations, there was cautionary demand.
"The ongoing economic tensions between China and the United States continue to create a lot of uncertainty in the business environment in China", IDC Research Manager Maciek Gornicki said in a statement. -China trade war could make things worse. 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. Full-year shipments were 259.4 million units.
Consumer demand drove the PC industry during the fourth quarter but multiple retailers reported a slowdown in sales after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Asia/Pacific PC market slid 4.6 percent to 24.2 million, mainly on the back of uncertainties around U.S. While Lenovo's shipments in the quarter grew 5.9 percent, HP managed to grab the No. 2 spot with 22.4 percent market share despite shipping 15.3 million PCs, a 4.4 percent decline. The company has recorded three consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year shipment growth, despite the stagnant overall market, Gartner said.
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ZDNet, on the other hand, lays the blame on the ongoing trade war between the USA and China. Lenovo, on the other hand, maintained its lead in the global PC market.
Dell had the strongest growth among the top OEMs at 1.6 percent for the quarter and ended 2018 growing 5.6 percent over 2017. However, HP that came second on the list with a share of identical 23.4 percent, as of Lenovo, shows a decline of 3.2 percent year-over-year "due to a challenging quarter in the Americas". Asus shipments sank 10.7 percent to 4.211 million, while its market share declined to 6.1 percent from 6.6 percent. Both desktop and notebook shipments saw year-on-year declines in 4Q18.
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