Research by Gartner shows that global PC shipments have increased this year, as a result of overcoming the 2020 supply chain disruption and the demand from remote workforces. With global PC shipments increasing by 32 per cent from Q1 of 2020, the market has recorded its fastest year-over-year growth in at least 20 years, since Gartner began tracking the data in 2000. 

While shipping was disrupted in early 2020, the increased demand for PCs this year can also be attributed to lockdowns and stay-at-home orders encouraging consumers to upgrade their technology to accommodate for remote learning and remote work. These behavioural changes have led to a rebound in desktops, notebooks and chromebooks as well as through strong investments among educational institutions. 

According to Mikako Kitagawa, Research Director at Gartner, “PC demand could remain strong even after stay-home restrictions ease. Moving forward, vendors and suppliers will be closely balancing the need to meet underlying demand without creating excess inventory.”

The top six PC vendors — Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Acer Group and ASUS — saw double-digit growth this year, and all except Dell gained market share. Lenovo saw the highest growth among the vendors, recording a 42.3 per cent year-over-year growth, which can largely be attributed to deskbased PC demand from China. Supply chain disruptions were also largely avoided as the company manufactures a higher percentage of its PCs in-house, compared to its competitors.

Dell did not experience growth at the same scale as other vendors, as the company targets the business PC market, where growth was slower than that of the consumer market. 

Regionally, the US PC market grew by 24.1 per cent compared to Q1 2020, the EMEA PC market experienced 30.9 percent growth and the Asia Pacific PC market grew by 37.6 per cent. 

“The positive results in the US reflect a more optimistic economic environment in 2021 compared to 2020 when the market experienced multiple uncertainties due to the pandemic, as well as political and social unrest,” said Ms. Kitagawa.

*Final statistics will be available soon to clients of Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. 

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