NEEDHAM, MA – Global shipments of traditional PCs, inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations, reached 86.7 million units during the third quarter, up 3.9% year-over-year, according to the International Data Corp.
This marks the sixth consecutive quarter of growth for the PC market, as the onset of the pandemic has led to a surge in demand while also contributing to component shortages and other supply challenges.
Lenovo was in first place, with 22.8% market share in the third quarter, up 3.1% compared to the same period of 2020. HP was in second, with 20.3% market share, despite a PC shipment decline of 5.8%. Dell was in third, with 17.5% market share and growth of 26.6% year-over-year. Apple was fourth, with 8.8% market share and a shipment increase of 9.9%. Asus and Acer tied for fifth, with 7% market share each and growth of 3.6% and 1.4%, respectively.
"The PC industry continues to be hampered by supply and logistical challenges, and unfortunately these issues have not seen much improvement in recent months," said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC's Mobile and Consumer Device Trackers. "Given the current circumstances, we are seeing some vendors reprioritize shipments among various markets, allowing emerging markets to maintain growth momentum while some mature markets begin to slow."
"Bottlenecked supply chains and ongoing logistic challenges led the US PC market into its first quarter of annual shipment decline since the beginning of the pandemic," said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst, Devices and Displays, IDC. "After a year of accelerated buying driven by the shift to remote work and learning, there’s also been a comparative slowdown in PC spending, and that has caused some softening of the US PC market today. Yet, supply clearly remains behind demand in key segments, with inventory still below normal levels."