PC market had best Q1 since 2015, fastest growth in 20 years: Gartner

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Lots of people and companies are nonetheless shopping for PCs, extending a growth that began final yr through the Covid-19 pandemic as folks wanted computer systems to work or go to high school from residence.

PC shipments to retailers and different distributors had been up 32% in the primary quarter of 2021 from the identical quarter in 2020, according to a new estimate from Gartner. The analysis agency stated it was the best PC growth charge it had tracked since 2000 and estimated that 69.9 million laptops and desktops had been shipped in the quarter.

PC shipments fell sharply in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic earlier than choosing up later in the yr, making for a simple comparability. But the growth is actual on an absolute foundation as nicely: Total PC shipments had been additionally the best they have been since 2015, after they got here in at 71.7 million, in keeping with Gartner.

Gartner’s stats don’t embody Chromebooks, that are cheap laptops operating a Google-designed browser working system and are common with colleges. Including Chromebooks, Gartner estimates that the PC market grew 47% in phrases of cargo numbers through the quarter.

Monday’s report means that PC gross sales are traditionally robust in the intervening time and {that a} work-from-home PC gross sales growth might not finish as workplaces recall extra employees and college students return to high school. The stats additionally recommend that PCs will proceed to require a variety of new chips and different parts throughout a worldwide semiconductor scarcity.

“We believe, at least this year, especially in the first half of this year, PC demand will remain strong. The question is how strong it’s going to be in the second half of this year to next year,” Gartner researcher Mikako Kitagawa instructed CNBC.

The first quarter is normally a sluggish time for PC gross sales, particularly in contrast with the vacation quarter.

Kitagawa stated this quarter’s outcomes might have been even stronger if not for a world chip scarcity and different provide chain points which are forcing some PC distributors to say they’ll ship computer systems months later than ordinary.

“The supply chain was completely disrupted one year ago, and the supply chain is disrupted right now because of a global semiconductor shortage,” Kitagawa stated.

According to the report, the highest PC makers are Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, and Asus.

Other gross sales estimates additionally recommend a sizzling PC market through the interval: Canalys estimates that the PC market grew by 55% in the quarter, and IDC estimates 55% growth as nicely.

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