PC Sales Grew Slightly in Second Quarter

Posted on July 12, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 13 Comments

Mirroring the same quarter last year, PC sales in the quarter ending June 30 grew 3.2 percent to 64 million units. PC makers old 62 million units in Q2 2018.

As always, these numbers are averaged from estimates provided by Gartner and IDC.

“Worldwide PC shipments growth was driven by demand from the Windows 10 refresh in the business market in the second quarter of 2019,” Gartner senior principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a prepared statement. “Desktop PC growth was strong, which offset a decline in mobile PC shipments.”

“The threat of increased tariffs led some PC makers to ship a surplus of desktops and notebooks, thereby artificially propping up the PC market during the second quarter,” IDC research manager Jitesh Ubrani added, putting an asterisk on the quarter. “The market has entered the last leg of the Windows 7 to Windows 10 commercial migrations. However, the closing sprint is unlikely to generate the spike seen when Windows XP met its [end of support] because we are further ahead of the migration with two quarters to go.”

Both firms referenced the mythical Intel CPU shortage, noting that it had “improved markedly,” in IDC’s words. “The shortage mainly impacted small and midsize vendors as large vendors took advantage and continued to grow, taking market share away from the smaller vendors that struggled to secure CPUs,” Gartner said.

Lenovo remained the world’s biggest maker of PCs, selling 16 million units, good for 25 percent market share. HP was again number two, with 14.7 million units.  Dell (11.1 million units), Apple (3.9 million), and Acer (3.8 million) rounded out the top five.

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