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Global PC shipments grow in Q2 2018

Gartner says first growth in six years due to steady business market demand

Global PC shipments grow in Q2 2018
Kitagawa says PC shipment growth in the Q2 2018 was driven by demand in the business market.

Analyst Gartner has said worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.1m units in the Q2, 2018, a 1.4% increase from the second quarter of 2017.

The research house said this is the first quarter of year-over-year global PC shipment growth since the first quarter of 2012.

Gartner added that all regions experienced some growth compared with a year ago. While the results are a positive result for the PC industry, Gartner analysts said this sign of market stability is not enough to declare a PC industry recovery just yet.

"PC shipment growth in the Q2 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social media, calendaring, banking and shopping, which is reducing the need for a consumer PC.

"In the business segment, PC momentum will weaken in two years when the replacement peak for Windows 10 passes. PC vendors should look for ways to maintain growth in the business market as the Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off."

Gartner said PC shipments in EMEA reached 17.4m units in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.3% increase year over year. In Western Europe, demand was strong for business PCs in Germany and the U.K. Eurasia, which includes Russia, remained the growth region in EMEA. While the second quarter is usually a slower quarter in terms of PC demand, several countries, such as Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, continued to see increasing consumer demand.

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