PC shipments register 'steepest decline in over two decades'

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PC shipments register 'steepest decline in over two decades'

Worldwide PC shipments dropped by 19.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2022, thanks to weak demand in consumer and business markets, analyst firm Gartner says.

HP and Acer registered the biggest drops with 27.9 and 25.6 per cent respectively; Apple saw a 15.6 per cent decline compared to the same quarter in 2021.

Lenovo kept the top market share spot at 25.2 per cent, up from 23.9 per cent in quarter three of last year.

In total, the PC shipments fell to 67,996 units in 3Q22 from 84,446 in 3Q21, Gartner figures showed.

Gartner said that while supply chain disruptions have finally eased, high inventory in the face of weak demand has now become a major issue.

Several factors are behind the weak PC shipment figures, Gartner said.

Back-to-school sales disappointed in spite of massive promotions and price drops, as consumers had already bought new PCs in the last two years.

Geopolitical and economic uncertainty led to businesses being more selective with their IT spending, and PCs were not at the top of the priority list, Gartner said.


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