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Gartner: Global PC Shipments Hit 71.6 Million Units in Q2 2021

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Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.6 million units in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 4.6% from the second quarter of 2020, according to preliminary results by Gartner.

While PC demand remained above pre-pandemic levels, this was a marked deceleration in growth compared to the record year over year growth of 35.7% in the first quarter of 2021, due in part to the impact of ongoing component shortages.

“The global semiconductor shortage and subsequent component supply constraints have extended lead time for some enterprise mobile PC models to as long as 120 days,” said Mikako Kitagawa, Research Director at Gartner. “This has led to prices increasing in the bill of materials, which vendors have passed on to end users. Moving forward, rising prices could continue to slow PC demand through the next 6 to 12 months.”

While Gartner does not include Chromebooks in its traditional PC market results, Chromebook shipments were once again strong in the second quarter of 2021. The total combined worldwide PC/Chromebook market grew over 10% year over year.

The top three vendors in the worldwide PC market remained unchanged year over year, with Lenovo maintaining the No. 1 spot in shipments.

Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q21 (Thousands of Units)

Company 2Q21 Shipments 2Q21 Market Share (%) 2Q20 Shipments 2Q20 Market Share (%) 2Q21-2Q20 Growth (%)
Lenovo             17,278 24.1             16,681 24.4 3.6
HP Inc. 14,301 20.0             16,117 23.5 -11.3
Dell 12,256 17.1             10,717 15.6 14.4
Apple             6,086 8.5             5,086 7.4 19.7
Acer Group             4,375 6.1             4,042 5.9 8.3
ASUS             4,267 6.0             3,677 5.4 16.0
Others 13,065 18.2             12,168 17.8 7.4
Total             71,628 100.0             68,488 100.0 4.6

Source: Gartner (July 2021)

Lenovo recorded its fifth straight quarter of year over year growth, although its 3.6% growth trailed that of the overall PC market. Lenovo’s consistent growth can be attributed in part to its in-house manufacturing operation, which enables Lenovo to be in better control of component shortages, in contrast to its competitors that rely primarily on outsourcing.

After a major rebound in shipments last quarter, HP’s worldwide PC shipments declined 11.3% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to a year ago. Supply constraints on enterprise notebook PCs, as well as shipment declines in North America and EMEA, contributed to this drop.

Dell achieved its third consecutive quarter of year over year growth this period, with deskbased PCs seeing particularly strong growth of over 40% compared to a year ago. In contrast, Dell saw only single-digit growth among mobile PC shipments, tied to long delivery times due to component shortages.

The next three vendors — Apple, Acer and ASUS — grew faster than the market, owing to improved availability of consumer PCs. The consumer PC market was less impacted by shortages than the enterprise market, as vendors can be more flexible in the system design of consumer models, enabling workarounds for certain supply constraints.

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