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Global PC market sinks again, Dell gets stronger in Q1 2018: Gartner

IANS  |  New Delhi 

As the global PC market experienced its 14th consecutive quarter of decline in the first quarter this year -- dating back to the second quarter of 2012 -- with 6.5 per cent experienced the strongest growth rate, marker research firm said on Thursday.

HP Inc's worldwide PC shipments increased 2.8 per cent in the first quarter as compared to the same period last year.

Worldwide PC shipments hit 61.7 million units -- a 1.4 percent decline from the first quarter of 2017.

"The major contributor to the decline came from where unit shipments declined 5.7 per cent year over year," said Mikako Kitagawa, at

"This was driven by China's business market, where some state-owned and large enterprises postponed new purchases or upgrades, awaiting new policies and officials' reassignments after the session of the National People's in early March," Kitagawa explained.

The top three vendors -- HP, and -- accounted for 56.9 per cent of the global PC shipments -- compared with 54.5 per cent of shipments in the first quarter of 2017.

PC shipments in Asia/Pacific totalled 21.9 million units in the first quarter of 2018, a 3.9 percent decline from the first quarter of 2017.

"In EMEA, recorded double-digit growth in both desktop and mobile PCs. This was contrasted with a small decline in other regions. was adversely impacted by declining demand in the US which generally accounts for one-third of its total shipments," said.

"In the first quarter of 2018, there was some inventory carryover from the fourth quarter of 2017. At the same time, vendors were cautious in overstocking due to the upcoming release of new models in the second quarter of 2018 with Intel's new eighth-generation core processors," the Gartner noted.

achieved 6 per cent growth in EMEA and double-digit shipment growth in However, in Asia/Pacific (its largest market), PC shipments declined 4 per cent.

With double-digit shipment increases in EMEA, and Latin America, grew in all regions except Asia/Pacific.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 13:08 IST