Just for the record we have earlier covered a report from Gartner describing the first-time growth of the PC market in last six years. Interestingly, all the major PC maker including Apple contributed in the much-needed push in the PC shipments. Now IDC also came up with the report but with a twist; The research firm this time is putting MAC computers into a back seat.
“Although traditional PCs may not be the default device for many usage scenarios, the market continues to show pockets of resiliency as PC usage experience evolves and improves,” said Jay Chou, research manager with IDC’s Personal Computing Device Tracker. “Even certain types of desktops are seeing growth amid this business-driven refresh cycle”.
Both the USA and Europe have a positive growth and did quite well in the second quarter of 2018. While the growth in the USA was mainly due to a boost in sales of enterprise PCs and Gaming PCs, Europe has a different story to tell where PCs in commercial space plays the lead. In Countries like India, the growth exceeded everyone’s expectations. In India, the commercial demand for PCs did the heavy lifting. China also witnessed a growth in PC shipments mainly due to the 618 festival.
HP, Lenovo, and Dell top the list followed by Apple and Acer respectively. While the shipments of all the companies in the top three are up, Apple and Acer struggled, witnessed a drop of 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively.
“Results for the first half of 2018 have been encouraging for the US PC market despite market challenges that surfaced including expected slowdown of Chromebooks amid production inhibitors,” said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst, Devices & Displays. “And with sentiment looking improved for the second half of the year, the US could deliver a strong market performance for the year”.