Global PC shipments resume slide in fourth quarter

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Sales of personal computers took a knock in the fourth quarter from a combination of microprocessor chip shortages and the ongoing trade war between the USA and China, according to reports today from analyst firms International Data Corp. and Gartner Inc. At the same time the company weathered the APeJ market slide better than many of its rivals and tied with Lenovo in global market share in the region for all of 2018. Japan had an especially strong quarter driven by commercial refresh, which lifted virtually all aspects of the market. Third-place Dell grew its business 1.4 percent on 10.9 million units shipped, giving it 15.9 percent of the market.

Apple shipments declined 3.8 percent to 4.920, though its market share went slightly higher to 7.2 percent form 7.1 percent.

IDC writes that vendors aggressively built up their inventories heading into Q3 as concerns over processor shortages and the trade war increased.

IDC's Asia/Pacific Client Devices Group Research Manager Maciek Gornicki separately highlights that the ongoing economic tensions between the U.S. and China are likely to create a lot of uncertainty in the business environment in China. Lenovo, which retained its spot as the top manufacturer in terms of shipments, saw modest year-over-year growth.

ZDNet, on the other hand, lays the blame on the ongoing trade war between the United States and China.

"While the processor supply challenges are expected to continue into the first two quarters of 2019, PC makers are likely to see the situation improve before the back-to-school season begins during the latter half of the year", IDC Senior Research Analyst Neha Mahajan said in a statement.

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Gartner, in its quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2018, reflects similar market developments.

Lenovo surpassed HP Inc.to move into the No. 1 position in the global PC market in the fourth quarter of 2018. Apple was in a distant fourth position, followed by Asus and Acer.

In the US, HP was the top vendor for 4Q18, taking 33.4% market share. HP Inc's market share was unchanged at 22.4 percent, with shipments falling 4.4 percent to 15.380 million.

"Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs created supply-chain issues", said senior principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa. Even in the U.S., where economic growth has been strong, small and medium businesses have cut back on PC spending.

Consumer demand drove the PC industry during the fourth quarter but multiple retailers reported a slowdown in sales after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Gartner said that holiday sales were no longer a major factor driving consumer demand for PCs.

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