PC Sales survey for Q4 2018 is out. It’s the same old story.

As per Gartner, PC sales were down by 4.3% in Q4 of 2018 and by 1.3% year over year.

As per Gartner, PC sales were down by 4.3% in Q4 of 2018 and by 1.3% year over year. This means the last time PC shipments have shown a growth was in 2011, which makes this the 7th year of sales decline in a row.

worldwide sales were 68.6 million units in the fourth quarter which is down 4.3 percent over the same period last year. This is not good news for PC manufacturers.

Source: Gartner

There are some interesting points to note here.

  • Lenovo overtakes HP to be the largest PC OEM in the world.
  • Dell and Lenovo are the only companies to show growth
  • Acer sales declined the most
  • Top 3 PC OEMs are Lenovo, HP and Dell

Our Take:

There are multiple reasons for this downward trend of PC sales/shipments. First, The PC market is almost saturated. (Smartphone market will experience the same issue this year) Second, there is a trade war going on between US and China. and third, there was a Processor shortage issue in 2018 because of the manufacturing struggle that Intel is having. Combine all that and you have a PC sales figure which is seven-year low.

We expect in 2019, the Processor shortage issue will be mitigated and Intel will get it’s act together. We have no idea about that trade war thing. The market saturation situation has no cure unless we invent a different form factor which is what Microsoft is trying to do with Surface.

There is hope for next year though because on January 14, 2020, Microsoft is pulling the plug on Windows 7. It surely will drive the PC sales as more and more people will try to get Windows 10 with a new PC.

The question remains, will the PC market recover or something else will replace it. [cough] Surface. 😉 Let me know in the comments.



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