PC shipments rose in Q2, but the pandemic boom is slowing

Global PC shipments are still up.

Global PC shipments grew 4.6% to 71.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, According to new data from Gartner. This growth is much lower than the 35.7% growth seen in the first quarter, partly Global shortage of components.

When the coronavirus pandemic left many students and staff isolated at home and tightened their budgets, companies began closing factories to accommodate the lack of demand. However, the dynamic quickly changed as people began buying devices to keep themselves connected when stuck at home – reflected in the growth of PC shipments in late 2020 and early 2021.

Gartner research director Mikako Kitagawa said in a statement that the impacts of the reduction include higher costs for consumers and up to 120 days for enterprise devices. Gartner also pointed out that the enterprise market was more affected by the shortage than the consumer market, specifically “mobile PCs” for Gartner.

Lenovo widened its lead among global shippers from 24.4% to 24.1% despite a drop in market share. Its closest rival, HP, fell from a market share of 23.5% to 20%. Dell, Apple and Acer were the biggest winners in terms of total shipments, registering growth of 14% or better compared to the second quarter of 2020. HP was the only company in the top six to show a decline in growth.

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