The last few years have been tough for the overall PC market. And now the latest data from market research firms IDC and Gartner reveals that the PC market fell for the fifth straight year in 2016.
In Q4 2016, IDC and Gartner estimate that the PC market dipped by 1.6 percent and 3.7 percent respectively. Both have slightly different ways of presenting their data, but they paint a similar picture of decline.
Gartner says that 269.7 million PCs were sold in 2016 and 72.6 million were in the final quarter of the year. This represents a 6.2 percent decline to 2015 and makes 2016 the fifth straight year of decline. IDC’s data shows that Q4 2016 sales are down 1.6 percent year-over-year while annual shipments were down 5.7 percent. Total PC sales was 365 million units in 2011. This means that 100 million units have been wiped from the total figures over five years. That’s still a lot of PCs, but the decline is dramatic.
Lenovo was the leader in overall PC shipments while HP and Dell came in second and third place. The top three gained market share last year, while Asus and Acer both lost it. PCs will be around for awhile, but the numbers are certainly not what they used to be a few years back.
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