Global PC Shipments Fell In 4th Quarter; U.S. Tension Hurting China Demand

Global shipments of personal computers including notebooks and workstations fell by 3.7% in the last three months of 2018 compared with a year earlier, hurt in part by the rise in U.S.-China economic tensions, research firm IDC said in a statement today.

“The ongoing economic tensions between China and the United States continue to create a lot of uncertainty in the business environment in China,” Maciek Gornicki, research manager with IDC’s Asia/Pacific Client Devices Group said.

“As demand for Chinese products in the U.S. drops, this particularly impacts businesses of all sizes from the manufacturing sector in China, which, in turn, translates into a drop in IT purchases by these companies,” he said. “As a result,” Gornicki continued, “the PC market in China is expected to suffer bigger declines throughout the year.”

Aggressive industry stocking in the third quarter also influenced fourth-quarter business, IDC said.

China-headquartered Lenovo nevertheless ranked No. 1 in the fourth quarter, with shipments of 16.8 million PCs.  That was an increase of 1.3% from a year earlier, and represented 24.6% of the global market, IDC said. Following Lenovo were HP, Dell, Apple and Acer.

Source from: Forbes