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According to research and consulting firm Gartner, the global PC market saw its sharpest decline in nine years in the second quarter of 2022 due to geopolitical, economic and supply issues.
Worldwide PC shipments fell 12.6% to 72 million units in the final quarter of June 2022 compared to a year earlier, according to the company.
“The decline we saw in the first quarter of 2022 accelerated in the second quarter due to continued geopolitical instability caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, inflationary pressures on spending, and a steep decline in demand for Chromebooks,” Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner, said in a statement .
Lenovo, HP and Dell continued to be the top three players. While the Chinese firm maintained its lead over the two US companies without a drop in market share, Dell moved 0.3 percentage points behind HP in market share.
Lenovo shipments fell 12.5% to 17,863 units in Q2 2022 compared to the previous year. The China-based company has captured nearly a quarter of the PC market, taking the lead despite experiencing a third straight quarter of decline.
HP shipments fell 27.5% to 13,506 units in the final quarter of 2022 in June 2022, mainly due to a sharp decline in Chromebook shipments.
Dell’s shipments fell year-on-year for the first time since the third quarter of 2020. Its shipments fell 5.2% to 13,298 in the second quarter of 2022 compared to last year.
The fourth and fifth places were swapped, with Apple occupying the fourth position, followed by Acer in fifth and Asus in sixth.
The iPhone maker was the only vendor to post growth in the quarter, driven by the popularity of its M1 device. Apple shipments rose 9.3% to 6,365 units in the last quarter of June 2022 from a year earlier.
Among the two Taiwanese firms in the top six, Acer saw a bigger decline. Its shipments fell 18.7% year-on-year to 5,094 units in Q2 2022. And Asus’ shipments totaled 4,697 units in Q2 2022, down 12.6% year-on-year.
While supply chain disruptions continued, the main cause of PC shipment delays shifted from component shortages to logistics disruptions, Kitagawa noted.