Worldwide PC shipments declined 4.6 percent in first quarter of 2019
Lenovo remained in the top spot in the first quarter of 2019 with the largest year-over-year growth among the top vendors.
However, Lenovo benefited from the inclusion of Fujitsu’s shipments from its 2Q18 joint venture.
Lenovo’s shipments increased in EMEA and Japan, where Fujitsu had a larger presence.
HP Inc.'s worldwide PC shipments increased 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2019 versus the same period last year.
The company saw an increase in desktop shipments while mobile PC shipments remained flat.
HP Inc. recorded a small increase in shipments in EMEA, but experienced a decline in all other regions.
Dell recorded its fifth consecutive quarter of PC shipment growth in the first quarter of 2019.
Dell increased PC shipments in EMEA, Latin America and Japan, but declined in North America and Asia/Pacific.
Desktop PC shipments continued to be strong for Dell in all regions, showing Dell's strength in the business segment.
Business PC demand remained strong throughout the first quarter of 2019 across most key regions.
The PC refresh driven by Windows 10 has been a driving force of business PC growth over the past three years, but Gartner forecasts that 2019 will be the last year in which shipments will be impacted by this refresh.
In the U.S., PC shipments totaled 11 million units in the first quarter of 2019, a 6.3 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2018.
HP Inc. took the top spot in the U.S. based on shipments, as its market share increased to 29.4 percent.
Dell took the No. 2 position as its shipments declined 7.1 percent, and its market share totaled 28.7 percent in the first quarter of 2019.
Japan was the only region to experience PC shipment growth in the first quarter of 2019 with a 6.8 percent increase year over year.
This was primarily driven by a surge in business PC shipments.
Latin America experienced the largest decline in the quarter with a 16.6 percent decrease in PC shipments.
This decline was due to a lack of stability in political and economic environments, as well as the CPU supply constraints, which severally impacted the small system builders in the region.
PC shipments in EMEA totaled 18 million units in the first quarter of 2019, a 2.2 percent decline year over year.
Enterprise shipments increased as many companies moved ahead with Windows 10 deployments.
However, consumer PC demand remained weak as users are not replacing older PCs and are not migrating to hybrid systems, which have not gained wide adoption in EMEA as users continue to prefer larger screens.
PC shipments in Asia/Pacific totaled 20.1 million units in the first quarter of 2019, a 5.1 percent decline from the first quarter of 2018.
This decline was largely due to weak PC demand in China.
The consumer market across Asia/Pacific continued to see some growth driven by demand for thin and light ultramobile premium devices.
Vendors such as Huawei and Xiaomi are pushing thin and light mobile PCs into the consumer market with aggressive pricing. ■