Worldwide PC shipments showcased seventh consecutive decline in the second quarter of 2016, registering a shipment of 64.3 million units, Gartner says. This is a 5.2% decline from the second quarter of 2015.
According to Gartner, all regions except North America has experienced a PC shipment decline. The decline is mainly due to the currency fluctuations, resulting in price hike in selected regions. Among the regions, the PC shipment in Latin America is estimated to fall below 5 million units for the second quarter of 2016, a 20% decline from the second quarter of 2015.
Among the companies, Lenovo maintains its lead in PC shipments, although it showed a 2.2% decline in units from the same period in 2015. This is the fifth consecutive decline for Lenovo. HP Inc. showed a 1.8% growth in shipments after four consecutive quarters of decline. Dell marked a remarkably impressive growth rate, of 3.1%, combining its growth in the U.S., Latin America, and Japan markets. Asus, Apple, and Acer are the other three companies that came in the top 10 list.
Country-wise, the PC shipments in the US totalled 15.2 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a 1.4% increase from the second quarter of 2015. This increase is after five consecutive shipment declines.
“Positive second-quarter results could suggest healthy PC sales activities among the public sectors. There is an opportunity for a Windows 10 refresh among businesses, which we expect to see more toward the end of 2016 to the beginning of 2017,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
PC shipments in Asia/Pacific totaled 22.7 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a 6.3% decline from the second quarter of 2015. PC shipments in China too declined 6.4%. In EMEA, the shipments totaled 17.8 million units in the second quarter of 2016, a decline of 4.3% year-over-year.
“The UK’s vote to exit the European Union did not have a major impact in the worldwide PC shipments,” Gartner said. “However, Brexit could potentially create uncertainty, not only in currency but also the entire economy beyond Europe,” it added.
The result released by Gartner is preliminary. A final statistics will be available to clients of Gartner’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program.