The PC sales are better than expected thanks to Dell

PC shipments slump for the 14th consecutive quarter surprising no one

PC shipments were boosted by renewed commercial computer sales and steady business uptake of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. According to Gartner, shipments totaled 61.7 million units during Q1, marking a 1.4 percent decline year-over-year. "Demand for premium notebooks in both the consumer and commercial segments have also helped major vendors retain better margins and garner buyer interest", IDC said in its analysis for Q1, 2018. IDC last year had predicted that the PC market share will continue to drop but the latest data is representing year-on-year growth.

Gartner said it found that worldwide PC shipments fell for the 14th consecutive quarter. The results were better than the forecast 1.5% decline and marked the third consecutive quarter where PC shipments have hovered around flat growth year over year, IDC said. Emerging markets were more of a mixed bag, as Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) shrank for the quarter while Latin America continued to recover positively against a tough 2017. "A likely rise in commercial activity amidst a positive economic environment is expected to further strengthen demand".

The U.S. market saw a promising opening quarter for the year with nearly all major vendors reporting increases in notebook sales. The retail platform is also showing signs of stability, especially among the fast-growing gaming community.

The traditional PC market has managed to beat the analyst expectation.

In EMEA, shipments were stable, while at APeJ, they came in lower than expected, with the exception of India and Indonesia. Overall, the market saw 60.4 million units shipped, which is virtually the same as the number of new PCs that entered the marketplace in the same quarter a year ago.

The Japan commercial market was a couple points below expectations due to slowing of the momentum seen in Q4/17, but it still maintained healthy growth in Q1/18.

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Rival market research firm Gartner put out first-quarter PC shipment data late Wednesday that conflicts with IDC's take.

According to vendor, HP Inc kept its comfortable lead, with shipment growth at 4.3 percent tp 1.7 million and the company's market share going to 22.6 percent from 21.7 percent.

Chinese competitor Lenovo saw no sales growth and had just more than 20 percent of the market.

Both Gartner and IDC have HP at the top of the pile when it comes to shipments (between 12.8 million and 13.7 million), followed by Lenovo and Dell.

Apple finished the quarter in the fifth position with a year-over-year decline in shipments of 4.8%.

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