Market research from Gartner and IDC are showing an increase of 1% to 3% increase in PC sales in the third quarter of 2019. After 6 long years of continued decline, 2018 went average for the market with some peaks and valleys, however, 2019 appears to be doing much better with Q3 being the second consecutive quarter to witness an increase in shipments.
Analysts from Gartner and IDC think that the Windows 10 refresh cycle, has once again boosted the PC sales for the quarter. With Windows 7 ending its mainstream support in January 2020, many business are shifting rapidly to Windows 10.
Gartner’s reports estimate sale of 67 million units in the third quarter, showing an overall increase of 1.1%. Top sellers in order are Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, and Asus.
As per their report, of the top six vendors, only Apple and Asus saw a decline in sales. The rest of the market saw a downfall of 9.1%.
Mikako Kitagawa, principle analyst for Gartner said;
The Windows 10 refresh cycle continued to be the primary driver for growth across all regions, although the magnitude of the impact varied according to local market conditions and the stage of the refresh cycle. For example, in Japan, PC shipments grew 55% in the third quarter of 2019, driven by the Windows 10 refresh cycle and a pending sales tax change. This strong growth helped propel the total worldwide PC market to growth.
As per IDC, the shipment of PCs worldwide has risen by 3 percent, now quantifying to 70.4 million units in the third quarter of 2019. Leading vendors as per IDC are Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer in order.
While Lenovo, HP and Dell, which secured the top three positions saw an increase in sales, Apple and Acer declined on the same graph. Rest of the market also saw a dip of 3.2%.
Linn Huang, Vice President for IDC research said;
Commercial demand should accelerate as enterprises work through the remainder of their Windows 10 migration. The number of months until the end of service (EOS) date of Windows 7 can be counted on one hand. With January 14, 2020 drawing nigh, the commercial market should be able to digest the extra inventory over the next several quarters. Supply constraints may loom in subsequent quarters, so excess may not be a bad position for channel inventory through the remainder of the year.