PC market grew in the Holiday quarter after six years of decline
Worldwide shipments of PCs were 70.6 million in Q4 2017
Six years after the PC market began to decline in Holiday quarter only, the shipments finally returned to growth in Q4 2017. It’s been reported that the total shipments of traditional PCs in Q4 2017 were 70.6 million, a 0.7% year-over-year growth. The results were not expected by analysts, who predicted a 1.7% decline in the quarter. For the whole 2017, the PC market ended with 259.5 million shipments, a slight 0.2% decline compared with 2016.
But in some regions, the PC market achieved a significant growth. In Japan, for example, the PC market exceeded the forecast by a comfortable margin (+3.8%) in 2017.
The United States remained a challenging market while Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) was stable and Japan continued to make steady gains with its sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.
HP remains the top company with a market share of 22.7% in 2017 – a growth of 8.2% in the shipments compared with 2016. Lenovo is second with 21.1%, Dell is third (16.1%) and Apple is fourth in the ranking (7.6%).