The PC market has benefited from a higher number of Intel processors and the transition from Windows 7 to record stronger than expected growth of 4.7% year-on-year, said Thursday IDC. President Trump even contributed.
In total, 64.858 million PCs were sold worldwide, according to IDC, up 4.7%. A year ago, HP was at the top of the list of global suppliers. For the second quarter, however, a spectacular 18.2% increase in sales over a year propelled Lenovo to the top of the list.
This is partly explained by the fact that tariff fears have prompted PC vendors to fill the channel, said IDC, selling laptops out of China before potential tariffs raise their prices. The two factors that have contributed the most to the situation are Intel's ability to deliver its microprocessors again without supply constraints, as well as the imminent end of Windows 7 support by Microsoft in January 2020. According to IDC, this encourages companies to invest in new PC hardware.
The tariff threat in particular has helped to "artificially support the personal computer market in the second quarter". Jitesh Ubrani, head of research for IDC's mobile device tracking devices, said in a statement.
Worldwide, Lenovo gained 25.1 percent market share and sold 16.3 million computers. HP finished second with a 23.7 percent market share and 15.4 million computers sold. Dell is ranked third with a market share of 17.9% and 11.6 million PCs sold. Acer finished fourth with a 6.6% market share and 4.3 million personal computers. Apple finished fifth with a market share of 6.3% and 4.1 million computers sold.
Gartner, who does not include Chromebooks in his study, said the personal computer market had only grown 1.5%, reaching 62.97 million units worldwide . He also placed Lenovo first, followed by HP and Dell. Excluding Chromebooks allowed Apple to take third place, followed closely by Acer and Asus.
According to IDC and Gartner, all estimates were preliminary.