PC shipments faced a tough fourth quarter, but Pandemic managed to supply the market with enough product to keep stock levels high. How will this affect distribution and availability?

PC shipments faced tough fourth quarter, but Pandemic supplies a brace. PC makers had to cope with the declining demand for PCs in the market and lower than expected sales of Windows 10. The company also reported that it saw strong demand for its new P-Series desktops and notebooks. Read more in detail here: best pcs.

PC Shipments Faced Tough Fourth Quarter, but Pandemic Supplies a Brace

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According to industry statistics, shortages and bottlenecks hampered personal-computer sales in the fourth quarter, but the pandemic-induced resurgence of the PC market is projected to continue.

PC shipments gained roughly 1% in the fourth quarter, according to International Data Corp. and Canalys, but global PC sales fell 5% in the December quarter, according to Gartner Inc., marking the first year-over-year fall following six consecutive quarters of growth.

The way each firm defines PCs accounts for a large part of the variation in the data providers’ totals.

Gartner research director Mikako Kitagawa attributed the challenging fourth quarter to a steep reduction in sales in the United States due to supply-chain concerns and weaker demand for Chromebooks.

According to Tom Mainelli, group vice president of IDC’s device and consumer research, supply restrictions are projected to continue to impact on shipments for at least the first half of the year, especially in the commercial category, where demand is strongest.

Despite the fact that consumer and educational demand has slowed in several regions, particularly the United States, IDC believes the total PC industry has reset at a significantly higher level than before the Covid-19 outbreak.

Over the last two years, remote work and schools have changed the baseline for PCs, with households increasingly requiring more than one computer, according to experts. Furthermore, the industry is witnessing shorter refresh cycles, owing to a move to laptops and other devices that need replacement sooner.

“2021 was a watershed year in the history of the PC market, with the PC’s place at the center of work, learning, and leisure truly cemented,” Canalys senior analyst Ishan Dutt said in a written statement, adding that since the outbreak, a higher-than-normal proportion of PCs shipped have been new additions rather than replacements.

Mr. Dutt said, “There is no going back from how ingrained they are in our day-to-day lives.”

As customers want faster, better, more robust, and secure PCs, Canalys anticipates increased spending on luxury PCs, displays, and other items in the future.

PC shipments in 2021 totalled 341.1 million units, according to Canalys, and 348.8 million units according to IDC, both of which represent a 15% increase over the previous year.

Meanwhile, Gartner said that sales in 2021 totaled 339.8 million units, up 9.9% from the previous year.

The top three vendors were Lenovo Group Ltd. LNVGY 1.07 percent, HP Inc. HPQ -0.51 percent, Dell Technologies Inc. DELL -0.50 percent, and Apple Inc. AAPL 0.26 percent, according to the three businesses.

Maria Armental can be reached at [email protected]

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‘Supply Woes Hurt Quarterly PC Sales,’ appeared in the print edition on January 13, 2022.

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