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Gartner says Q3 PC shipments grew 3.6%

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 13, 2020
PC shipments totaled 71.4 million units in the third quarter of 2020, a 3.6% increase from the third quarter of 2019, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.
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Consumer demand for PCs due to home entertainment and distance learning needs during the ongoing pandemic, along with the strongest growth the U.S. PC market has seen in 10 years, drove the global market momentum.

While Gartner does not include Chromebook shipments in its traditional PC market results, Chromebook shipments grew approximately 90% in the third quarter of 2020, compared to a year ago.

This demand was driven by distance learning due to the pandemic, especially in the U.S. education market.

Including Chromebooks, the total worldwide PC market grew around 9% year over year, with Chromebooks representing about 11% of the combined PC/Chromebook market.

The top three vendors in the traditional PC market remained unchanged from the previous quarter, although Lenovo widened its lead over HP after a quarter of record shipment volume.

Consumer oriented vendors such as Apple, Acer and Asus saw growth that outpaced the rest of the market in the third quarter of 2020.

Lenovo maintained its No. 1 position in the worldwide PC market, with quarterly shipments rising to over 18 million units for the first time ever.

Similar to other vendors, Lenovo experienced a decline in desktop shipments, but the decline was not as steep as those experienced by HP and Dell, as Lenovo’s desktop demand was supported by solid growth in China.

HP saw below-market growth as desktop shipments declined 30% year over year, resulting in a growth of just 0.7% in the third quarter of 2020.

HP performed relatively well in the U.S. market where shipments grew faster than the regional average, but experienced challenges in Asia Pacific and Japan.

HP also announced in August 2020 that the company had a strong backlog in notebooks due to continued supply chain constraints from the pandemic, which limited shipments for the quarter.

HP had a strong focus on Chromebooks, remaining the top vendor in this segment.

Dell’s streak of 17 consecutive quarters of year over year growth ended this quarter with a 4.6% decline, reflecting its focus on business over consumer PCs.

Dell’s mobile PC sales grew, but steep declines in desktop PC sales offset this growth.

Dell’s decline is one indicator of cautious spending by business buyers as a reaction to the current weak economies in most developed nations.