The hardware market is making a comeback due to strong demand for mobile PCs and the recovery from COVID 19-related supply chain interruptions. According to preliminary Gartner results, global PC sales in the second quarter of 2020 were 64.8 million units, an increase of 2.8 percent over the second quarter of 2019.
“The second quarter of 2020 was a short-term recovery for the global PC market, led by exceptionally strong growth in EMEA,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner. “After the PC supply chain was severely disrupted by the COVID 19 pandemic in early 2020, part of the growth in the quarter was due to distributors and retailers replenishing their inventory to near normal levels.”
“In addition, mobile PC growth was particularly strong, reflecting several factors, including home office demand, online education, and consumer entertainment needs. However, this upward trend in demand for mobile PCs will not continue beyond 2020, as deliveries were primarily fueled by short-term requirements due to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. ”
Split in the second quarter of 2020and the number one position in the global PC market due to HP’s strong growth this quarter. They accounted for half of PC sales in the second quarter of 2020, compared to 46.6 percent in the second quarter of 2019 (see table). The data includes desktop PCs, notebook PCs and ultra-mobile computers such as , but not Chromebooks or iPads.
Lenovo maintained its No. 1 position in the global PC market alongside HP with 4.2 percent year-over-year growth in global deliveries. This was the result of strong double-digit growth in the EMEA region and over 50 percent growth in mobile PC shipments.
After a significant decline in the first quarter of 2020 due to supply chain constraints, HP saw strong year-over-year growth in the second quarter.
Dell’s global sales declined slightly in the second quarter of 2020, the first year-over-year decline since the first quarter of 2016. Dell’s deliveries increased in the EMEA region and Japan, but declined in all other regions, with the largest decrease in Latin America (20 percent). Dell’s mobile PCs saw double-digit growth in many regions, offset by a significant drop in desktop PC sales.
Asus and Acer grew above average, each with more than 20 percent plus.sold 5.1 percent more Macs and ranks fourth among the world’s largest computer manufacturers with a share of 6.7 percent. In contrast, smaller manufacturers could not benefit from the boom.
The US PC market grew by 3.5 percent year-on-year, the fifth consecutive quarter of growth. Double-digit growth in mobile PCs was offset by a 44 percent decrease in desktop PCs.
PC sales in EMEA increased 20 percent in the second quarter of 2020, the fastest growing region in over 10 years. The exceptionally strong market demand was driven by home office and online training needs due to COVID-19, as well as a boom in consumer demand and an increased supply of suppliers in the region as stocks in the first quarter of the year were replenished.
The Asia Pacific market declined 8.1 percent year-over-year in the second quarter.
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