The PC market has had its worst year ever, according to research firm Gartner. Despite this downturn, company executives are optimistic that the market will improve in 2019.
The latest estimates from Gartner show that global PC shipments fell 6.2% in 2018, ending the year at 259 million units. Shipments totaled 257 million units in 2017, so this is an acceleration of the downward trend which has been ongoing for several years.
This was also the fifth consecutive quarter that saw falling global shipments, with this year’s decline being the sharpest. For comparison, in 2017 quarterly shipments fell 1.4%.
Lenovo maintained its lead in worldwide PC shipments during 2018, although it saw a 6% decline compared to 2017. HP also experienced a 6% decline but managed to remain in second place for the year. Dell was third once again, having lost share in 2018.
The US market was the only bright spot. American PC shipments increased 1% year-over-year during 2018, according to Gartner’s data for that country. This was a positive note on which to end a year that showed overall declines elsewhere.
Within the US, Dell managed to slightly increase its share in the market, climbing to 27.4% for 2018. HP was second with 26.1%, followed by Apple in third place which shot up almost 13 percentage points in just one year, ending 2018 with 19.9%.
Lenovo managed 17.3% of the US PC market in Q4 2018, down from 25.6% in the year-ago quarter.
Gartner analysts do not believe that the PC market will rebound in 2019. However, they are optimistic about this space and expect shipments to return to growth by 2020 after a couple of years of declines.
Lenovo will have to stake its claim in the PC market once again when it unveils a new lineup at CES in January.
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