Gartner and IDC PC Market Forecast: Demand will not die if demand declines

PC sales increased over the past year. Without the supply shortage, users would have been able to purchase much more PCs.

According to a report released by Gartner and IDC, demand for PCs and Chromebooks continued an unexpected surge last year. According to Gartner, PC shipments grew 9.9% last year to 339.8 million units. IDC announced that 348.8 million units were shipped, a much higher figure, an increase of 14.8%.

The two market research agencies generally have slightly different methods of collecting data. Gartner examines ultra-mobile products such as desktops and laptops, Microsoft Surface and Chromebooks. However, IDC’s year-end report excludes tablets and only discloses data on desktops, laptops, and workstations. Nevertheless, both companies came to the same conclusion that sales of these products were phenomenal, and that shipments of parts and finished PCs would have achieved higher sales records if more efficient.

“2021 was a period of recovery for PC sales,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile and Consumer Device Tracking Team, in a statement. Although it remained strong, supply shortages were a constraint: While consumer and education demand for PCs declined in some developed markets, the overall PC market appears to have leveled up significantly more than before the pandemic.

IDC and Gartner report that Lenovo, HP and Dell maintained the top positions with growth in both the global and US PC markets.

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The two organizations found that the supply shortage in the fourth quarter, which had the highest growth rate last year, was an obstacle to the PC industry’s sales growth. Tom Mainelli, vice president of IDC’s Devices and Consumer Research Group, said in a statement that the unfavorable logistics environment caused by supply shortages meant that the current PC market was likely to be bigger than it was in 2021. 2021 is over, with many buyers still waiting for the PCs they have ordered to ship. Supply is expected to remain constrained after the first half of this year in relation to the commercial sector, where demand is strongest.
ⓒ Gartner/IDC

Gartner also agreed with this forecast, noting that the fourth quarter of last year saw a double-digit decline in sales compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, when PC sales increased in earnest. Shipments of Chromebooks also declined, as buyers had already purchased Chromebooks earlier this year. Although PC demand will slow over the next two years, Gartner predicts that annual shipments will not decline to pre-pandemic levels.

According to Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner, the pandemic has triggered a significant change in the behavior of business and consumer PC users who have been forced to adopt new ways of working and living. After the pandemic, some of the new PC usage will remain common practices, such as remote and hybrid work, taking online courses, and communicating online with friends and family. [email protected]

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