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PC Market Grows for the First Time Since 2011

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Published on Jan 12, 2018

PC Market Grows for the First Time Since 2011.
The PC market has been sliding for the better part of a decade now. Quarter after quarter, people buy fewer traditional PCs and more mobile devices. Now, despite predictions of yet another drop, the PC market has reportedly grown for the first time in six years. The new report from analyst firm IDC shows a 0.7 percent increase in PC shipments over the last quarter of 2017.

Overall, the fourth quarter brought 70.5 million PC shipments, with HP at the top of the heap by a comfortable margin. It shipped about 16.5 million units all by itself, and it captured 23.5 percent of the market. Lenovo is in the number two slot with 15.7 million units shipped and a 22.2 percent share. Dell is in a distant third with 15.7 percent of PC shipments. Apple managed to ship 5.7 million computers for an 8.2 percent share. Although, it probably earned a lot more profit from each one of those computers. Acer and Asus are tied for fifth place with around 4.5 million units and a 6.4 percent share. IDC notes that Acer’s presence in Chromebooks has helped it catch up to Asus. Those are some of the most popular low-cost devices right now.

While the fourth quarter results are good, the market for PCs was still down overall in 2017. However, it was only barely negative. For the full year, PC shipments were down just 2.0 percent, for a total of 259.5 million units shipped. That’s a significant improvement over 2016’s 1.5 percent drop, and worlds better than the whopping 8.3 percent drop we saw in 2015.

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