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Global PC shipments dipped 2.4% in Q1 2017: Gartner

Global PC shipments dipped 2.4% in Q1 2017: Gartner

During the first quarter, HP shipped 12.118 million PC units, up from 11.383 million units a year ago and only Lenovo shipped more units in the quarter (12.377 million). And a significant slowdown in US sales, which have been a bright spot for the tech giant, is a major reason. Lenovo led the market with 19.9% share of worldwide shipments, followed by HP at 19.5% and Dell at 15%.

"The US market has experienced a modest decline for two quarters". But IDC claims the EMEA traditional PC market stabilised for the second quarter in a row thanks to strong notebook performance. Each had market shares just shy of 20%.

HP showed the strongest growth among the top six vendors, as its global PC shipments increased 6.5% in 1Q17.

"The previous forecast had expected shipments to decline 1.8% in the quarter", IDC reported.

While growth in Q1 2017 was more or less flat, IDC said the result represented PCs' first foray back into positive territory since Q1 2012, when many users still considered PCs their first computing device. The rest of the market was down 12.0 percent.

Lenovo is no longer the undisputed leader in the worldwide PC market. Pricing pressure was felt in the Chinese consumer market despite continuing strong demand for gaming and ultraslim notebooks, though China's commercial market fared better thanks to public sector demand.

However, PC manufacturing companies like Asus, Acer Group and others have witnessed a fall in their worldwide PC shipments during the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.

The global PC shipments were 63.7 million units in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016. Lenovo's market share also slipped to 14 percent from 14.2 percent. Lenovo's growth exceeded the regional average in all key regions except the U.S.

Unlike for consumers, the business segment of the market still sees the PC as an important device, and it remains the main work device for many businesses. In the United States, commercial PCs fared better than the consumer sector, mostly backed by growth of Chromebooks, according to IDC.

Does the quarterly performance by the industry as a whole indicate better days are head?

"Nevertheless, users have generally delayed PC replacements rather than giving up PCs for other devices", Chou said.

"The commercial market is beginning a replacement cycle that should drive growth throughout the forecast", he adds. Modest growth in the business PC market was offset by declining demand from consumers who continued to refrain from replacing older PCs, with some abandoning the PC market altogether.

Both firms agree that the area of health was the corporate PC market, while the consumer market continues to deteriorate - Gartner even says some consumers have abandoned PCs forever to use phones and tablets instead.

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