PC shipments decline in Q2 2016

PC sales in Q2 2016 by IDC
Worldwide PC shipment dipped 5.2 percent to 64.3 million units for the second quarter of 2016, according to Gartner.

This was the seventh consecutive quarter of the declining PC shipment. Gartner analysts said that the global PC market is showing some signs of improvement as PC shipments in north America increased for the first time in five quarters.

IDC says worldwide PC shipments fell 4.5 percent to 62.4 million units in the second quarter of 2016  The PC market in the United States performed best, reflecting the strength of the U.S. dollar and relative market stability.

“One of the ongoing problems in the PC market has been the price hike in selected regions due to the weakening local currency against the US dollar. The price issue has impacted the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Latin America regions for the past year,” said Mikako Kitagawa, Principal Analyst at Gartner, in a statement.

Lenovo maintained the top spot in worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter of 2016 despite a 2.2 per cent decline in units from the same period last year.

HP Inc returned to positive growth in the second quarter of 2016 after four consecutive quarters of shipment decline.

Dell’s mobile PC shipments grew across all regions except EMEA, while its desktop PC shipments declined in most regions.

Asus, Apple and Acer are battling it out for the fourth position in worldwide PC shipments for the second quarter of 2016, as preliminary results get finalized, the report added.

IDC report on PC sales

Lenovo remained the worldwide PC market leader, and continued its strong growth in the U.S. market. However, shipments in other markets continued to decline, pulling down overall growth.

Lenovo’s lead in the share of total PC shipments shrunk over the past year from 1.8 percent a year ago to 0.4 percent this quarter.

HP had a solid quarter, with growth returning to positive territory after a year of declines. The U.S. led regional growth with a gain of 11.5 percent from last year as the company rebounded from a couple of soft quarters, but other regions also saw growth in positive territory.

Dell had a productive quarter, with worldwide growth recovering to over 4 percent. Dell managed a strong recovery in Japan, while driving solid growth in the United States, although EMEA continued to drag on overall results.

ASUS saw growth recover in 2Q16, benefitting from an easier year-on-year comparison. The vendor pulled just ahead of Apple for the number 4 spot in overall PC shipments.

Apple continues to face an increasingly competitive market as it awaits a refresh of its PC lineup. As a result, shipments experienced a decline from last year.