PC market had finest Q1 since 2015, quickest progress in 20 years: Gartner

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Lots of people and companies are nonetheless shopping for PCs, extending a increase that began final 12 months in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic as individuals wanted computer systems to work or go to highschool from dwelling.

PC shipments to retailers and different distributors have been up 32% within the first quarter of 2021 from the identical quarter in 2020, in keeping with a brand new estimate from Gartner. The analysis agency stated it was the best PC progress price it had tracked since 2000 and estimated that 69.9 million laptops and desktops have been shipped within the quarter.

PC shipments fell sharply within the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic earlier than choosing up later within the 12 months, making for a simple comparability. However the increase is actual on an absolute foundation as effectively: Whole PC shipments have been additionally the best they have been since 2015, once they got here in at 71.7 million, in keeping with Gartner.

Gartner’s stats don’t embrace Chromebooks, that are cheap laptops operating a Google-designed browser working system and are widespread with faculties. Together with Chromebooks, Gartner estimates that the PC market grew 47% by way of cargo numbers in the course of the quarter.

Monday’s report means that PC gross sales are traditionally robust in the meanwhile and {that a} work-from-home PC gross sales increase could not finish as places of work recall extra staff and college students return to highschool. The stats additionally counsel that PCs will proceed to require numerous new chips and different parts throughout a worldwide semiconductor scarcity.

“We consider, no less than this 12 months, particularly within the first half of this 12 months, PC demand will stay robust. The query is how robust it may be within the second half of this 12 months to subsequent 12 months,” Gartner researcher Mikako Kitagawa instructed CNBC.

The primary quarter is normally a sluggish time for PC gross sales, particularly in contrast with the vacation quarter.

Kitagawa stated this quarter’s outcomes could have been even stronger if not for a worldwide chip scarcity and different provide chain points which can be forcing some PC distributors to say they’ll ship computer systems months later than ordinary.

“The provision chain was utterly disrupted one 12 months in the past, and the availability chain is disrupted proper now due to a worldwide semiconductor scarcity,” Kitagawa stated.

In accordance with the report, the highest PC makers are Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, and Asus.

Different gross sales estimates additionally counsel a scorching PC market in the course of the interval: Canalys estimates that the PC market grew by 55% within the quarter, and IDC estimates 55% progress as effectively.

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