Worldwide PC Shipments Dip 2 Per Cent For Q4 2017

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With shipments growing 6.6 per cent HP Inc witnessed Year-over Year growth in all regions including the challenging US market

With a market share of 22.5 per cent, HP Inc. retained the top spot in the global PC market in the fourth quarter of 2017 even as shipments continued to decline, market research firm Gartner said on Friday. Competition in the USA market remained tough for the company as its US share and growth both suffered.

Mac shipments in Q4 2017 were up 7.3% year-on-year, according to IDC data.

In terms of geography, the Asia/Pacific and Latin America regions saw positive growth for PC shipments in 2017, while Europe, the Middle East, and Africa held steady, and the U.S. saw declines, according to the report. There was only a moderate shipment decline in EMEA. "However, the growing popularity of other mobile form factors continued to have a dampening effect and led the overall US PC market to perform below expectations".

Total PC shipments in the U.S. reached 16.5 million units, lead by HP with a 34 percent marketshare. The Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) also showed growth and strong demand, bolstered by the Singles Day sales.

In the third quarter of 2017, HP Inc. had 21.8 per cent market share while Lenovo registered 21.4 per cent in terms of PC shipments.

The fourth-quarter-2017 results further validate the view of a steadying, albeit still weak, traditional PC market, buoyed mainly by commercial upgrades and pockets of improving consumer PC demand.

IDC said that growth in the PC market had been largely driven by business demand, rather than by consumer purchases - and most growth was in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Meanwhile, Acer's focus on gaming PCs and related products, as well its presence in Chromebooks, helped it to close the gap with Asustek, despite an on-year decline in shipments. Until then however, the market will continue to shrink.

Dell's shipments grew slightly in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Dell Inc. held the third position in 4Q17, posting year-over-year growth of 0.7% and shipping more than 11 million units for the first time in 2017. Gartner says the consumer market stabilised with fourth-quarter online promotions in many countries which drove demand for gaming PCs, thin and light notebooks.

For the full year, the top four vendors accounted for 64 percent of global PC shipments. All other vendors accounted for the remaining 49,716 shipments.

"The top vendors have taken advantage of their volume operations to lower production costs, pushing small to midsize vendors out of the market", Kitagawa said. A total of 70.6 million traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, and workstation) were shipped. IDC agrees with Gartner with the trajectory of all five companies, except for Lenovo, which it estimates was flat. The top six vendors in IDC's results were HP, Lenovo, Dell, Apple, Asus, and Acer. The rest of the market was down 2.2 percent. Apple substantially outperformed the PC market as a whole, which grew by just 0.7%.

"The fourth quarter results showed some potentially encouraging headway against the hard environment in retail and consumer PCs", IDC research manager Jay Chou said in a statement. "Enticed by a growing array of products that promise all-day battery life, high portability, and address emerging use cases that require more compute power, pockets of the consumer base are taking a serious look at these revamped PCs". This program offers a comprehensive and timely picture of the worldwide PC market, allowing product planning, distribution, marketing and sales organizations to keep abreast of key issues and their future implications around the globe.

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