Gartner: Q2 global PC shipments saw the biggest drop in nine years

According to data from Gartner, global PC shipments in the second quarter of 2022 totaled 72 million units, down 12.6% from the second quarter of 2021. Meanwhile, Apple’s global Mac shipments rose 9.3% year-on-year in the second quarter, while U.S. Mac shipments rose 19.5% over the same period.

Gartner noted that all regional markets were affected due to geopolitical, economic and supply chain challenges, and this was the largest decline in the global PC market in nine years.

"The downward trend we saw in the first quarter of 2022 was even more pronounced in the second quarter, primarily due to continued geopolitical instability caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, global inflationary pressures, and a sharp drop in demand for Chromebooks," Gartner Research Director Mikako Kitagawa said in a statement.

“Supply chain disruptions also continued, but the main cause of PC delivery delays has shifted from component shortages to logistical disruptions. PC deliveries to enterprise users are still taking longer than usual, but delivery times have improved towards the end of the second quarter, This was partly due to the reopening of major Chinese cities in the middle of the quarter.

“To further sustain profits as inflation drives up costs, coupled with weaker demand, the PC industry has had to raise average prices (ASPs). A reduction in the PC mix of lower-priced Chromebooks and a shift to high-end offerings also helped boost ASPs. However, Increased inventory, especially in the consumer channel, could lead to lower ASPs."

In the second quarter of 2022, the PC shipments of the top three manufacturers in the global PC market declined, but the rankings remained unchanged. HP fell 27.5% and Dell fell 5.2%, so Dell's market share was less than 0.3 percentage points behind HP.

Additionally, Apple is the only supplier to experience positive growth in the second quarter of 2022 due to the popularity of Apple's M1 devices.

Lenovo's global PC shipments fell year-over-year, marking the company's third consecutive quarter of declines. Even so, Lenovo grew 2 percent in the global desktop PC market, in part because the company improved its supply chain in EMEA.

Additionally, HP fell 27.5% in the second quarter of 2022 due to a sharp drop in Chromebook shipments.

Dell's shipments declined year-over-year for the first time since the third quarter of 2020. Shipments fell in all major regions except Latin America, where Dell posted a 6.5 percent increase. Despite the decline in overall shipments, Dell's market share increased by 1 percentage point compared to a year ago.

2Q22 Preliminary US PC Supplier Unit Shipment Estimates

In addition, the Chinese PC market fell by 16%, the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) PC market fell by 5.2%, the Japanese PC market fell by 10.8%, and the US PC market fell by 17.5%, of which Apple grew by 19.5%. Ranked fourth, Dell, HP, and Lenovo still maintain their lead.

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