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Worldwide PC shipments grew 10.7% in Q4

Christian Fernsby |
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 79.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020, a 10.7% increase from the fourth quarter of 2019, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

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For the year, PC shipments reached 275 million units in 2020, a 4.8% increase from 2019 and the highest growth in ten years.

While Gartner does not include Chromebook shipments in its traditional PC market results, the fourth quarter of 2020 was another remarkable period of growth for Chromebooks, with shipments increasing around 200% year over year to reach 11.7 million units.

In 2020, Chromebook shipments increased over 80% to total nearly 30 million units, largely due to demand from the North American education market.

The top three vendors in the worldwide PC market remained unchanged from the previous quarter, although Lenovo continued to widen its lead over HP. Reflecting the trend seen throughout 2020, consumer-oriented vendors such as Apple, Acer and Asus gained market share.

The U.S. PC market had another strong quarter, registering 20.6% growth year over year. Despite economic and political disruptions in the region throughout the fourth quarter of 2020, the consumer PC market continued to perform well, led by surging mobile PC demand. For the full year, the U.S. PC market experienced its highest growth in 20 years.

HP secured the top spot in the U.S. PC market based on shipments with 28% market share. Dell followed with 25.2% of the U.S. PC market share.

Total PC shipments in EMEA reached 23 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 6.9% year over year, while Asia Pacific reached 25 million units, an 8.3% year over year growth.

Consumer demand in both EMEA and Asia Pacific countries was particularly strong. Stabilized business PC spending due to China’s economic recovery also helped drive the strong growth in Asia Pacific.

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 275 million units in 2020, a 4.8% increase from 2019. This was the highest annual growth for the worldwide PC market since 2010.

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