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PC sales decline 3.3% in Q2, 2017 – component shortages easing (IDC)

International Data Corporation says global PC shipments declined 3.3%, less than expected as components shortage pressured eased.

Ironically, Gartner released its estimates today as well and while it says the decline is 4.3% the disparity is simply due to data collection methodology – the reports are remarkably close.

IDC says one factor affecting shipments during the past several quarters was an inventory build-up caused by shortages of key components such as SSDs (solid state drives). Q2, 2017 operated under less harsh constraints, though in some instances component shortages still played a role in driving shipment dynamics.

As expected, the increased bill of materials (BOM) cost due to the shortage also began to impact the final price of systems, which was also factored into IDC's original assumption of inhibiting shipments.

From a geographical perspective, mature markets generally outperformed emerging markets, with Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) and Latin America showing weakness. The US posted a slight decline, but otherwise also pulled ahead of forecast in part due to Chromebook activity. Japan again posted growth, in part against the backdrop of tough market conditions in 2015 through the first half of 2016.

Jay Chou, research manager, IDC Worldwide Personal Computing Device Tracker, said, “Amid some unevenness in market trends across the regions, the global PC market has continued to trend toward stabilisation. Despite recent issues wrought by component shortages and its effect on system prices, we expect the momentum of commercial market replacements will contribute to eventual market growth. Consumer demand will remain under pressure, although growth in areas like PC gaming and the increasingly attractive portfolio of sleek Windows-based systems will help push the consumer market to stabilise as well."

"The US PC market continues to hold, with an estimated 0.4% contraction in 2Q17," added Linn Huang, research director, Devices & Displays.

"The US market remains relatively immune to currency issues in other regions. Chromebooks for K-12 continued its momentum unabated, and Apple appears to be back on track with an uncharacteristically poor 2016 in its rear-view mirror,” Chou added.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Traditional PC Shipments, Second Quarter 2017 (Preliminary)

(Shipments are in thousands of units)

Vendor

2Q17 Shipments

2Q17 Market Share

2Q16 Shipments

2Q16 Market Share

2Q17/2Q16 Growth

1. HP Inc

13,782

22.8%

12,974

20.7%

6.2%

2. Lenovo

12,434

20.5%

13,189

21.1%

-5.7%

3. Dell Inc

10,328

17.1%

9,963

15.9%

3.7%

4. Apple

4,331

7.2%

4,260

6.8%

1.7%

5. ASUS

4,112

6.8%

4,500

7.2%

-8.6%

Others

15,555

25.7%

17,721

28.3%

-12.2%

Total

60,543

100.0%

62,607

100.0%

-3.3%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, July 12, 2017

Traditional PCs include desktops, notebooks, and workstations and do not include Tablets or x86 Servers. Detachable tablets and slate tablets are part of the personal computing device (PCD) tracker.

HP retained the top spot for the second quarter in a row. The vendor hit a high mark for marketshare at nearly 23%, with aggressive growth in virtually all regions.

Lenovo held the second position but shrank 5.7% globally. The vendor saw a significant slowing in North America but still managed to grow its notebook business overall.

Dell took the third position, growing 3.7% year over year, and continuing its growth in every region with strong notebook volume.

Apple kept the fourth position and grew 1.7% year over year. ASUS regained the fifth position, overtaking Acer.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!