Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1.4% in Q218, says Gartner

In its latest market analysis of the PC market, Gartner reports a 1.4% increase in global shipments of PCs totalling 62.1 million units in Q2/2018. This was the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since Q1/2012. The study says this rise in shipments was across all the regions if compared with the previous year.

Though it seems to be an optimistic situation, the research firm states that this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry recovery just yet.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: “PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment. In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social media, calendaring, banking and shopping, which is reducing the need for a consumer PC.

“In the business segment, PC momentum will weaken in two years when the replacement peak for Windows 10 passes. PC vendors should look for ways to maintain growth in the business market as the Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off.”

In another study last month, Gartner found that less than 50% of IT and non-IT workers believe their CIOs are aware of digital technology problems that affect them. It found 58% of European CIOs are more aware of technical challenges than 41% of American workers who believe they are. Another survey published in the IDC Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker, shows a 1.3% year-over-year decline in the combined consumer and enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments in Q1/2018 with worldwide revenues of $2.24 billion.

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