PC Shipments Decline in 2018 Due to US-China Trade War


The ongoing tussle in between the United States and China isn’t just impacting the growth of iPhone designs however likewise negatively impacting PC deliveries internationally in the 4th quarter of 2018. International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner in separate reports highlighted the outcome of the trade war. While IDC reveals that the worldwide PC deliveries surpassed the projection of 4.7 percent decrease by revealing a fall of 3.7 percent year-over-year, Gartner highlights that there was a dip of 4.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2017. Among other players, HP saw a modest decline in its year-over-year volumes. Lenovo, on the other hand, maintained its lead in the international PC market. Region-wise, the United States saw a little increase in volume from the last year, whereas it was all unfavorable in the Europe Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region and the Asia-Pacific region, leaving out Japan, saw a single-digit decrease – majorly due to the US-China trade war. The Japan region, nevertheless, assisted all the significant OEMs to mark development.

According to a quarterly report by IDC, standard PC shipments, consisting of desktop, notebook, and workstation, totalled simply over 68.1 million units in the 4th quarter, a year-over-year decrease of 3.7 percent. This, the expert company thinks, slightly exceeded the forecast of 4.7 percent, though, for the complete year, PC deliveries declined 0.4 percent year on year.

IDC highlights Lenovo kept its lead in the 4th quarter with a market share of 23.4 percent and became one of the only two leading five PC vendors, together with Dell, posting a positive year-over-year development of 1.3 percent. Nevertheless, HP that came 2nd on the list with a share of similar 23.4 percent, as of Lenovo, reveals a decline of 3.2 percent year-over-year “due to a challenging quarter in the Americas”. Dell, in contrast, had the strongest year-over-year growth among the leading five OEMs with a 1.6 percent boost in quarterly shipments. The business caught the market of 15.7 percent in the 4th quarter.

Apple came fourth in the list with a market share of 7.2 percent, revealing a decrease a 3.8 percent year-over-year. IDC states that both desktop and notebook deliveries from the Cupertino company saw year-over-year-year declines in the 4th quarter. Moreover, Acer took 5th location with a market share of 6.7 percent and a year-over-year decline of 8.5 percent.

Apart from the trade war between the US and China, IDC says that the scarcity of Intel CPUs in the 4th quarter resulted in general negative growth.

” While the processor supply difficulties are expected to continue into the very first two quarters of 2019, PC makers are likely to see the situation enhance before the back-to-school season starts during the latter half of the year,” says Neha Mahajan, Senior Research Analyst with IDC’s Devices and Displays Group, in a press declaration.

IDC’s Asia/Pacific Client Devices Group Research Manager Maciek Gornicki independently highlights that the ongoing economic stress in between the US and China are likely to produce a lot of uncertainty in business environment in China. “And if the trade war intensifies further, we must anticipate spillover of the effect to other countries, especially due to the expected changes of the currency exchange rate affecting organisations throughout the region,” he includes.

Gartner, in its quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2018, reflects comparable market developments. The research study company highlights that Lenovo led the marketplace in the quarter with a market share of 24.2 percent, showing a 5.9 percent boost year-over-year. After the Chinese supplier, HP came second with a 22.4 percent share, a decrease of 4.4 percent. Dell took the third position with a market share of 15.9 percent, a small boost of 1.4 percent.

Apple came fourth on the Gartner list as well, with a market share of 7.2 percent and a year-over-year decline of 3.8 percent. Nevertheless, Asus took the 5th area, going beyond Acer, with a share of 6.6 percent, marking a fall of 10.7 percent.

” Political and economic uncertainties in some countries moistened PC demand,” said Mikako Kitagawa, Senior Principal Analyst at Gartner. “There was even unpredictability in the US– where the general economy has actually been strong– among vulnerable buyer groups, such as small and midsize businesses (SMBs). Consumer demand stayed weak in the holiday season. Vacation sales are no longer a major element driving consumer need for PCs.”

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