Global PC shipments in Q1 fell by 12.3% from the previous year, with just 51.6 million units shipped in the first three months of the year. According to Gartner, a global research and advisory firm, this is the sharpest decline since 2013.
The coronavirus crisis has hit the market hard, which shifts the momentum of growth that was experienced by the market in three consecutive quarters.
“The single most significant influencing factor for PC shipment decline was the coronavirus outbreak, which resulted in disruptions to both the supply and demand of PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner.
Kitagawa says the lockdown in China in January lead to lower PC production volume of PCs in February, which resulted in logistics challenges.
After the lockdown extended to more countries, demand for PCs rose suddenly as more people shifted to work and study from home but manufacturers could not keep up with the demand.
In Q1 2020, much of the market share remained unchanged for the industry’s top three vendors – Lenovo, HP Inc., and Dell. AUSU’s Q1 PC sales dropped by the highest percentage, down 26.2, followed by Acer’s (12.7) and HP Inc. by 12.1 percent year over year. The narrow spending on PCs continues to bite the industry, according to Gartner.
IDC, on the other hand, estimates that 53.2 million units were shipped in Q1, a 9.8% year over year drop. However, the company in its report excluded both Japan and Asia, the hardest-hit markets by the novel coronavirus after shipments plummeted by double-digits.