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Lenovo strengthens its global number one spot

The global PC market halted its decline in the second quarter of 2019. Lenovo, HP and Dell benefited from corporate renewals. After two quarters of declines, the global PC market grew significantly in volume in the second quarter of 2019, says Gartner. According to preliminary results delivered by the research company, 63 million PCs and laptops were sold worldwide from April to June 2019. A figure up 1.5% compared to the second quarter of 2018.

“The strong growth in desktop PC sales offset the decline in notebook shipments in the quarter,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

Leading vendors in the market benefited from migrations to Windows 10 and corporate fleet renewals in the second quarter of 2019.

Three manufacturers anchored in the enterprise segment – Lenovo, HP and Dell – grabbed 64.1 percent of the market in the second quarter (+3.4 points vs. Q2 2018).

Lenovo has retained the top spot in the global PC market. The Chinese electronics group posted the most dynamic growth in the ranking (+15.9% to 15.7 million units sold). And its market share grew by three points in one year to reach 25%. HP, with a share of 22.2%, is second (but first in the United States). The US group’s worldwide PC sales grew 2.6% to 13.9 million PCs. Dell consolidated its third place with a share of 16.9% and a sixth consecutive quarter of growth in PC sales by volume (+2.1% to 10.6 million units).

Apple, fourth, limits the decline in global sales of Mac (-0.2%). Others are doing worse, including Acer (-14.4%) and Asus (-9.9%). The shortage of processors (CPUs) has limited the ability of mid-size sellers to meet demand.

According to preliminary results from Gartner, PC sales increased in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) by 1.7% in Q2 2019. On the other hand, they stagnated in the United States (-0.4%).

Nevertheless, “the trade war between the United States and China has had no impact on the PC market in the second quarter of 2019,” said the analyst. “But the next phase of the standoff around tariffs could have a significant impact.” Most PCs are made in China.

The price of computers sold in the United States could therefore increase “if high taxes on imports are imposed and suppliers do not take prompt action to meet them”.

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