The PC market has now experienced seven years of decline, with PC sales hitting 259 million units in calendar year 2018, down 1 percent from the 261 million that were sold in 2017. The good news? We’re clearly past the years of calamitous drops, and 2018 even experienced a couple of quarters of growth.
“Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs (central processing units) created supply chain issues,” Gartner’s Mikako Kitagawa says, explaining the shortfall. “After two quarters of growth in 2Q18 and 3Q18, PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter [as it had in the first quarter].”