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PC shipments rise in holiday quarter after 6yrs: Report

12 January 2018 3

Worldwide PC shipments including desktop, notebook, and workstations have seen an increase in the holiday season after six years, revealed a new report by market tracker IDC.

In Q4, 2017 the traditional PC market saw an increase buoyed mainly by commercial upgrades. Annual shipment volume of 259.5 million units was recorded in 2017 which was a decline of 0.2%. 2017 represented the most stable year in the PC market 2011.

HP Inc. remained the leader in the segment in 2017 with 34% market share. PC shipments grew 8.3% compared to a year ago for the seventh consecutive quarter and hit 16 million units for the first time since the third quarter of 2011.

Lenovo was on the number two position in 4Q, 17 and saw gains of 3.9% year over year with solid notebook shipments during the quarter.

Dell Inc. was in the third position in 4Q17 and saw year-over-year growth of 0.7% with shipments of 11 million units for the first time in 2017.

Apple Ine was in the fourth position with shipments of 7.3% in Q4,17.

ASUS and Acer were in the fifth place in the fourth quarter. ASUS saw its shipments decline 11.2% year over year in 4Q17, while Acer's gaming products helped it gain market share in the fourth quarter.

"The fourth quarter results showed some potentially encouraging headway against the difficult environment in retail and consumer PCs," said Jay Chou, research manager with IDC's Personal Computing Device Tracker. "Enticed by a growing array of products that promise all-day battery life, high portability, and address emerging use cases that require more compute power, pockets of the consumer base are taking a serious look at these revamped PCs. However, the overall PC market remains a challenging one."

"The solid holiday consumer sales provided enough momentum for the PC market to stabilize a bit further," said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst, Devices & Displays. "However, the growing popularity of other mobile form factors continued to have a dampening effect and led the overall U.S. PC market to perform below expectations."



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