According to the latest IDC report, PC shipments registered their first growth in about 5 years. This was registered throughout the first trimester, but is nonetheless a small gain when compared to the same period the year before. According to specialists, this underlines the persistent trend of a weak market demand.
This new IDC report was published earlier this week and targets the first financial trimester of the year. According to it, the total PC shipments number reached 60.3 million units. The value marks a less than 1 percent grow when compared to the 59.9 million piece sold in 2016’s Q1. Nonetheless, the analysists marked it as the first market growth in 5 years.
Analysts Present Contradicting Reports About The Total PC Shipments Throughout The First Trimester
Although IDC report this small rise, Garner Inc. released a contradictory result. Another major PC tracker, this latter reported a 2.4 percent decrease. This value refers to the global number of personal computer shipments.
IDC, as well as Garner, reported a slight improvement in the business market for PCs. However, they do not consider it enough to balance the continuous decline in customers and consumers. Both the desktop and laptop computer market areas have been affected by the consumer’s shift towards other devices. More exactly, these seem to have turned their attention and interest towards smartphones and tablets.
Jay Chou, a research manager at IDC, went to offer a potential explanation for the different analysis results. He pointed out the fact that IDC and Garner each has its own method for counting PC shipments.
Mikako Kitagawa, a Gartner analyst, also released a statement. According to him:
“The price hike will suppress PC demand even further in the consumer market, discouraging buyers away from PC purchases unless it is absolutely necessary.”
Kitagawa pointed out the rising price of some PC options. These can be explained by the cost increase of key memory components, which are in a reported short supply.
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