According to preliminary results released Tuesday by IDC, PC shipments were below analysts’ expectations in quarter four of 2022. Manufacturers shipped 67.2 million computers, a decrease of 28.1% compared to the same quarter last year.
After a 15% drop in third quarter, the fourth quarter saw a decline. The full-year shipment decline was 15.6%
IDC stated that the pandemic PC buying boom was over but pointed out that full-year PC shipment levels were still higher than pre-pandemic levels despite recent declines.
“Successive periods of decline clearly paint a bleak picture for the PC market, but this is really about perception,” Ryan Reith, IDC’s group vice president of global mobility and consumer device trackers, said in a statement. “2021 was close to historic levels for PC shipments, so any comparison will be distorted.”
However, the market research firm remains optimistic about the future of the PC market. They say that the market “has the potential to recover by 2024” and that there are pockets of opportunity through the remainder of 2023.
Lenovo maintained its PC market leadership in the quarter, with 15.5 Million units shipped for a 23% marketshare. However, its shipments have fallen by more than 28% compared to the same period last years. No. 2 HP experienced a slightly higher decline in shipments at 29% while No. 3 Dell fell 37%.
Apple was the only computer company that seemed to have emerged from the quarter relatively unscathed. With 7.5 million units shipped, the Mac manufacturer ranked fourth, which is 2.1% less than in the same quarter 2021.
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