PC shipments grew in Q3 2019 due to Home windows 10 refresh


The PC market grew between 1% and three% in Q3 2019, based on analysis companies Gartner and IDC. After six years of quarterly PC cargo declines, 2018 was combined, with unfavorable, flat, and optimistic quarters. 2019 is doing barely higher: Q1 was unfavorable, however Q2 and Q3 had been optimistic.

Gartner and IDC analysts pointed to the Home windows 10 refresh cycle within the enterprise market as contributing to the previous quarter’s acquire. With Home windows 7 hitting finish of assist on January 14, 2020, it looks like not less than some companies try emigrate to Home windows 10 last-minute. Gartner mentioned that U.S. tariffs on China-built cellular PCs had a minimal impression, whereas IDC warned of upper tariffs for PC makers on the horizon.

(Gartner additionally shares U.S.-specific figures and in Q3 2018 discovered that Microsoft had damaged into the highest 5 PC distributors. The corporate has held onto this place each quarter since. However that’s U.S.-only — Microsoft nonetheless doesn’t seem on worldwide charts.)


Gartner estimates that worldwide PC shipments grew 1.1% to 67 million items in Q3 2019. The highest six distributors had been Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, and Asus.

As you possibly can see within the chart beneath, Gartner discovered that within the high six, solely Apple and Asus noticed declines in PC shipments. The remainder of the market was down 9.three%.

Gartner PC shipments for Q3 2019

Lenovo, HP, and Dell all noticed related progress, although the primary two are neck-and-neck. Dell’s progress has slowed, however not less than it’s nonetheless rising.

“The Home windows 10 refresh cycle continued to be the first driver for progress throughout all areas, though the magnitude of the impression various based on native market situations and the stage of the refresh cycle,” Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa mentioned in a press release. “For instance, in Japan, PC shipments grew 55% within the third quarter of 2019, pushed by the Home windows 10 refresh cycle and a pending gross sales tax change. This robust progress helped propel the full worldwide PC market to progress.”


IDC estimates worldwide PC shipments grew to 70.four million items in Q3 2019. The highest 5 distributors in IDC’s outcomes had been Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer.

IDC additionally discovered Lenovo first and HP second, with Dell rounding out the highest three. All three noticed progress, whereas Apple and Acer declined. The remainder of the market additionally declined, by three.2%. The precise numbers, in your perusal:

IDC PC shipments for Q3 2019

“Business demand ought to speed up as enterprises work by means of the rest of their Home windows 10 migration,” IDC analysis vp Linn Huang mentioned in a press release. “The variety of months till the tip of service (EOS) date of Home windows 7 might be counted on one hand. With January 14, 2020 drawing nigh, the business market ought to be capable of digest the additional stock over the following a number of quarters. Provide constraints might loom in subsequent quarters, so extra is probably not a foul place for channel stock by means of the rest of the 12 months.”



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