Global PC Market Rebounds in Q2 2019 After Two Quarters of Decline: Gartner, IDC

IDC in its preliminary results, on the other hand, claims a rise of 4.7 percent year-over-year. Lenovo kept the top spot in Q2 2019 with the fastest growing growth and the greatest share gain among the top vendors, noted both search companies.

Based on Gartner, the global PC shipments totalled 63 million units at the Q2 of 2019, up from 62 million units in the Q2 of 2018, whereas IDC said the overall shipments were 64.9 million units, up from 61.9 million units this past year.

The three vendors claimed 66.1 percent market share in IDC’s report, up from 64.4 per cent this past year.

Gartner and IDC, nevertheless, painted widely contrasting picture for Apple’s Mac desktop shipments in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019. IDC stated Apple shipments were up 9.6 percent from an estimated 3.7 million units shipped over the same period in 2018 that puts the iPhone manufacturer in fifth position with 6 per cent share.

Whereas Gartner said Apple shipped 3.7 million Mac units in second quarter, down 0.2 percent year-over-year. According to Gartner, Apple acquired 5.9 percentage of the worldwide PC market – down from 6 per cent in 2018.

“Worldwide PC shipments expansion was driven by demand from the Windows 10 refresh from the company market from the Q2 of 2019.

“Provide for Intel’s processors improved markedly throughout the quarter, permitting most PC vendors to meet aged orders while also shipping a healthy supply of new PCs into the stations,” stated Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers, in a statement. “Additionally, the threat of increased tariffs led some PC manufacturers to send a surplus of computers and notebooks, thus artificially propping up the PC market during the next quarter.”

The ongoing trade dispute, along with the potential imposition of tariffs, adds uncertainty to the near-term prognosis for PC demand.

The top three vendors continued to gain share in the PC marketplace taking advantage of economies of scale. Intel’s CPU supply shortage in the first half of this year accelerated this trend.

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“Even though the US-China trade warfare failed to impact the PC market in the Q2 of 2019, another phase of tariffs might have a significant effect.

“Most laptops and tablets are manufactured in China and sales of these devices in the US could face significant cost increases when the punitive tariffs are imposed and sellers do not take rapid action to respond,” additional Kitagawa.