IDC reports global growth of 26.1% in PC shipments in Q4 2020

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With the pandemic still in full swing, traditional PCs (inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations) were once again an in-demand consumer technology. The fourth quarter of 2020 (4Q20) saw global shipments grow 26.1% year over year to 91.6 million units, according to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker.

The same category of devices grew 13.1% year over year for the full year 2020 with the catalysts being work from home, remote learning, and restored consumer demand.

image-Jitesh-Ubrani-research-manager-for-IDCs-Worldwide-Mobile-Device-Trackers-mediabrief.jpgJitesh Ubrani, Research manager for IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers, said, “Every segment of the supply chain was stretched to its limits as production once again lagged behind demand during the quarter.”

“Not only were PC makers and ODMs dealing with component and production capacity shortages, but logistics remained an issue as vendors were forced to resort to air freight, upping costs at the expense of reducing delivery times,” Ubrani added.

To put things into perspective, the last time the PC market saw annual growth of this magnitude was 2010 when the market grew 13.7%. A lot has changed in those ten years, including six years of PC market decline, as well as a year of flat growth. The question now is how long this resurgence will last.

image-Ryan-Reith-Program-vice-president-IDCs-Worldwide-Mobile-Device-Trackers-mediabrief.jpgRyan Reith, Program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers, said, “Demand is pushing the PC market forward and all signs indicate this surge still has a way to go.”

“The obvious drivers for last year’s growth centered around work from home and remote learning needs, but the strength of the consumer market should not be overlooked. We continue to see gaming PCs and monitor sales at all-time highs and Chrome-based devices are expanding beyond education into the consumer market.”

“In retrospect, the pandemic not only fueled PC market demand but also created opportunities that resulted in a market expansion,” Reith said.

Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Traditional PC Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q4 2020 (Preliminary results, shipments are in thousands of units)
Company 4Q20 Shipments 4Q20 Market Share 4Q19 Shipments 4Q19 Market Share 4Q20/4Q19 Growth
1. Lenovo 23,122 25.2% 17,918 24.7% 29.0%
2. HP Inc. 19,130 20.9% 17,185 23.7% 11.3%
3. Dell Technologies 15,797 17.2% 12,463 17.2% 26.8%
4. Apple 7,349 8.0% 4,927 6.8% 49.2%
5. Acer Group 6,551 7.2% 4,418 6.1% 48.3%
Others 19,641 21.4% 15,712 21.6% 25.0%
Total 91,590 100.0% 72,622 100.0% 26.1%
Source: IDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, January 11, 2021
Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Traditional PC Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Calendar Year 2020 (Preliminary results, shipments are in thousands of units)
Company 2020 Shipments 2020 Market Share 2019 Shipments 2019 Market Share 2020/2019 Growth
1. Lenovo 72,669 24.0% 64,855 24.2% 12.0%
2. HP Inc. 67,646 22.4% 62,935 23.5% 7.5%
3. Dell Technologies 50,298 16.6% 46,546 17.4% 8.1%
4. Apple 23,102 7.6% 17,894 6.7% 29.1%
5. Acer Group 20,989 6.9% 17,080 6.4% 22.9%
Others 67,901 22.4% 58,357 21.8% 16.4%
Total 302,605 100.0% 267,667 100.0% 13.1%
Source: IDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, January 11, 2021

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