Gartner finds PC gross sales doldrums continued in 2018

Gartner launched its quarterly PC gross sales survey for the fourth quarter of 2018 this week, and it was the identical previous story. PC gross sales plunged within the fourth quarter and have been down 1.three p.c for the 12 months. The three prime gamers — HP, Dell and Lenovo — accounted for 63 p.c of gross sales worldwide within the quarter. The corporate discovered of their preliminary gross sales analysis that worldwide gross sales totaled totaled 68.6 million models within the fourth quarter. That will sound like an enormous quantity, however it’s down Four.three p.c over the identical interval final 12 months. Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa mentioned after a few quarters of modest progress, the market started to decelerate once more for a quantity or causes together with political and financial uncertainty and a CPU scarcity. “There was even uncertainty within the U.S. — the place the general financial system has been sturdy — amongst weak purchaser teams, akin to small and midsize companies (SMBs). Shopper demand remained weak within the vacation season. Vacation gross sales are not a significant component driving shopper demand for PCs,” she mentioned in a press release. That may very well be as a result of customers are spending way more time on cellphones. Many duties whether or not procuring, electronic mail, banking or social media that when required a house PC can simply be finished on a cell phone now, leaving PCs to the realm of enterprise the place it isn’t all the time sensible to do work on a smaller footprint. Actually, Black Friday on-line procuring totaled $6.1 billion this 12 months with cellphones accounting for $2.1 billion. The commerce conflict that has adversely affected Apple and different tech corporations in all probability additionally had an influence on the PC market. Lenovo was the most important winner within the worldwide report, reaching 24.2 p.c of marketshare with variety of models bought up 5.9 p.c from final 12 months. HP had 22.Four p.c marketshare however its numbers have been down -Four.Four p.c. Dell got here in third with 15.9 p.c with marketshare up a modest 1.Four p.c. Chart: Courtesy of Gartner Within the US, gross sales have been even worse, down Four.5 p.c, as small enterprise patrons stayed away within the quarter. “The fourth quarter is usually a shopping for season for small workplace/residence workplace (SOHO) and small enterprise patrons within the U.S. as they wish to expend the untouched funds earlier than the tax 12 months ends,” Kitagawa defined within the report. Sadly, they didn’t appear to do this this 12 months. Chart: Courtesy of Gartner The highest three distributors in US gross sales have been HP with 33.Four p.c marketshare, progress down -7.6 p.c; Dell with 25.7 p.c, progress up zero.9 p.c and Lenovo with 15.2 p.c, progress up a whopping 23.Four p.c for the quarter, making it the large winner within the US market by way of gross sales progress. In case you’re questioning, Apple, which was pressured to subject new steerage for Q12019 earnings final week resulting from decrease iPhone gross sales, additionally had softer PC gross sales final quarter with numbers down 2.1 p.c within the US and three.eight p.c worldwide. Gartner discovered that Apple PCs account for 12.Four p.c of marketshare within the US and seven.2 p.c worldwide. The report is predicated on knowledge from gross sales of desktop PCs, notebooks and gadgets such because the Microsoft Floor, however excludes Chromebooks and iPads. Gartner is cautious to level out these are preliminary numbers they usually may change as soon as the ultimate knowledge is in.