The PC market is starting to hint at some stabling, with customary PC shipments recording a somewhat positive 0.7 percent year-over-year development worldwide in Q4 2017 and add up to year-over-year decay of 0.2 percent in entire year 2017, as indicated by research firm IDC.
IDC said 2017 has been the most stable year for the PC market since 2011 with yearly shipment volume of 259.5 million units.
In the fourth quarter of 2017 which includes the holidays of course, PC vendors delivered 70.6 million units, outperforming appraisals of a 1.7 percent decay. However in spite of the little quarterly development of 0.7 percent, cell phones are proceeding to have a hosing impact on the worldwide PC market.
In the US, IDC announced the general PC shipment situation performed below expectations in the Q4 2017, with a drop in notebooks and desktop shipments. Add up to PC shipments in the US achieved 16.5 million units, led by HP with a 34 percent market share.
The fourth quarter results showed some potentially encouraging headway against the difficult environment in retail and consumer PCs,” said Jay Chou, research manager with IDC’s P ersona l C omputing Device Tracker. “Enticed by a growing array of products that promise all-day battery life, high portability, and address emerging use cases that require more compute power, pockets of the consumer base are taking a serious look at these revamped PCs. However, the overall PC market remains a challenging one.
The solid holiday consumer sales provided enough momentum for the PC market to stabilize a bit further,” said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst, Devices & Displays. “However, the growing popularity of other mobile form factors continued to have a dampening effect and led the overall U.S. PC market to perform below expectations.
But IDC rival Gartner said overall PC shipments totalled 71.6 million units in Q4 2017, a 2 percent decrease year over year. Unlike what IDC reported, Gartner said Q4 2017 marked the thirteenth consecutive decline for the PC market in general.
For the year, 2017 PC shipments outperformed 262.5 million units, a 2.8 percent decrease from 2016, as indicated by Gartner’s research.
Mac shipments in Q4 2014 were up 7.3% year-on-year, as indicated by IDC information. Apple considerably beat the PC showcase all in all, which developed by only 0.7%.
The development saw Apple grow its market share from 7.7% in Q4 2016 to 8.2% in a similar quarter a year ago.