Apart from the United States market pulling down global numbers, the shortages of certain components such as the DRAM led to changes in component prices.
In Asia-Pacific, PC shipments reached 24 million units in the third quarter of 2017, down 2.1 per cent from the same period previous year with PC demand in the business segment remaining steady, especially for notebooks. HP shipped 14.5 million units, while Lenovo shipped 14.3 million. HP is the only PC maker to have registered a growth in this quarter, while the five big PC makers that follow it are all witnessing declines in shipments, to various degrees.
Worldwide traditional PC shipments totaled 67.2M in Q3, down 0.5% on the year but better than the expected 1.4% decline, according to IDC.
Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: "While there were signs of stabilisation in the PC industry in key regions, including EMEA ["Europe Middle East and Africa"], Japan and Latin America, the relatively stable results were offset by the USA market, which saw a 10% year-over-year decline in part because of a very weak back-to-school sales season".
"While there were signs of stabilisation in the PC industry in key regions, including EMEA, Japan and Latin America, the relatively stable results were offset by the USA market, which saw a 10 per cent year-over-year decline in part because of a very weak back-to-school sales season", Gartner principal analyst, Mika Kitagawa, said.
"Business PC demand, led by Windows 10 upgrades, continued to drive PC shipments across all regions, but its refresh schedule varies by region".
Gartner called Q3 a "virtual tie" for the top spot, with HP at 21.8 percent and Lenovo at 21.4 percent.
IDC, meanwhile, estimates worldwide PC shipments were down just 0.5 percent to 67.2 million units in the third quarter. "The component price hike impacted the consumer PC market as most vendors generally pass the price hike on to consumers, rather than absorbing the cost themselves", said Mika Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. While their shipments were similar, HP has been on an upward trend, while Lenovo seems to be losing steam. HP was the only top vendor to post gains, with all other major players being in the red.
"The traditional [global] PC market performed much as expected in the third quarter", said Loren Loverde, program VP at IDC.
Both IDC and Gartner have claimed that the EMEA PC market has seen signs of recovery after logging its fifth consecutive year of decline at the end of 2016. Apple seized a 7.3 per cent share on shipments of 4.9 million units, while Taiwan's Asus had a 6.2 per cent share on shipments of 4.2 million.
Although Kitagawa said that sales of PC sales to businesses are "stable", a worldwide computer component shortage could affect corporate sales in the future.
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