PC business to achieve 18.2% growth: IDC

The latest report on PC business from IDC shows the PC market will achieve 18.2 percent growth and reach 357.4 million this year.
PC business forecast for 2021-2025
PC business will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.5 percent for the 2020-2025 forecast period, IDC said.

In 2020, PC shipments grew 12.9 percent.

According to Canalys’ latest forecasts, the PC market (including desktops, notebooks and tablets) will grow 8 percent to 496.8 million units in 2021.

PC business growth in 2021 is expected to be frontloaded in the first half of the year, with shipments up 54 percent in Q1 and 7 percent in Q2, Canalys said.

Canalys research director Rushabh Doshi said recently: “Order backlogs and strong demand present a great short-term opportunity, while the ballooned installed base of PC users presents significant future opportunities for refreshes and upgrades.

IDC estimates the backlog of PC shipments heading into 2021 was large and depending on how long this demand continues there is a strong likelihood we will enter 2022 with an outsized backlog, albeit not as significant as current levels, Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, said.

Supply concerns for the PC industry remain, specifically around integrated circuits (ICs). Assuming no further supply disruptions, PC supply and manufacturing capacity should be in balance by the middle of 2021.

“Consumer demand has skyrocketed and while this heightened demand will not last beyond 2021, PC shipments are expected to stay well above pre-pandemic levels as consumers continue to shift spending from other categories towards tech and activities such as gaming help drive the market,” Jitesh Ubrani research manager for IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, said.