Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, global PC shipments have seen substantial growth.Today, we have the latest compilation information from International Data Corporation (IDC), the company updated its global quarterly personal computing device tracker for the second quarter of 2021.
According to IDC, demand for PCs is still quite strong. In the second quarter of 2021 alone, global shipments of notebook computers, traditional desktops and workstations reached 83.6 million units. This is an increase of 13.2% over the same period in 2020. It is worth noting that the shortage of components in the notebook computer market has led to more desktop sales than notebook computers.
Although personal computer sales are still growing, statistics indicate that the market may show signs of cooling. In the first quarter of 2021, PC shipments increased by 55.9% compared to the same period in 2020. In the fourth quarter of 2020, shipments increased by 25.8% compared to the same period in 2019. Although this result has produced mixed signals, it also indicates that we may experience a decline in demand for PCs as more quarters pass.
As Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst at IDC Equipment and Display Group pointed out, we see that “in terms of demand, the market is facing mixed signals. With the reopening of enterprises, the demand potential in the commercial sector seems promising. However, There is also a slowdown in early indicators of consumer demand because people have changed their spending focus almost a year after buying PCs aggressively.”
As far as individual companies are concerned, only a few lead single-handed shipments. At the top of the stack, Lenovo accounted for 23.9% of the market in the second quarter of 2021. Hewlett-Packard followed closely behind with a 22.2% share, followed by Dell with a 16.7% share. For the 4th and 5th place, we see that Apple and Acer accounted for 7.4% and 7.3% respectively. Below you can take a look at the table designed by IDC, which shows the growth of each company’s shipments, in thousands of units.
|the company||2Q21 shipments||2Q21 market share||2Q20 shipments||2Q20 market share||2Q21/2Q20 growth|
|2. Hewlett-Packard Company||18,594||22.2%||18,104||24.5%||2.7%|
|3. Dell Technologies||13,976||16.7%||12,010||16.3%||16.4%|
It is worth noting that when the difference between the two companies was only 0.1%, IDC declared a tie. In addition, the company reports that the growth of small vendors has greatly helped PC shipments as they manage to provide unique designs for niche applications. Therefore, they manage to satisfy all market segments that require PCs.