Computer shipments grew in Q3 2019 thanks to Windows 10 refresh


The Computer industry grew involving 1% and three% in Q3 2019, according to study firms Gartner and IDC. Just after six years of quarterly Computer shipment declines, 2018 was mixed, with damaging, flat, and optimistic quarters. 2019 is carrying out slightly superior: Q1 was damaging, but Q2 and Q3 have been optimistic.

Gartner and IDC analysts pointed to the Windows 10 refresh cycle in the enterprise industry as contributing to the previous quarter’s achieve. With Windows 7 hitting finish of help on January 14, 2020, it appears like at least some enterprises are attempting to migrate to Windows 10 final-minute. Gartner stated that U.S. tariffs on China-constructed mobile PCs had a minimal influence, whilst IDC warned of larger tariffs for Computer makers on the horizon.

(Gartner also shares U.S.-certain figures and in Q3 2018 identified that Microsoft had broken into the leading five Computer vendors. The business has held onto this position just about every quarter considering that. But that is U.S.-only — Microsoft nonetheless does not seem on worldwide charts.)


Gartner estimates that worldwide Computer shipments grew 1.1% to 67 million units in Q3 2019. The leading six vendors have been Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Acer, and Asus.

As you can see in the chart under, Gartner identified that in the leading six, only Apple and Asus saw declines in Computer shipments. The rest of the industry was down 9.three%.

Gartner PC shipments for Q3 2019

Lenovo, HP, and Dell all saw related development, even though the very first two are neck-and-neck. Dell’s development has slowed, but at least it is nonetheless increasing.

“The Windows 10 refresh cycle continued to be the major driver for development across all regions, despite the fact that the magnitude of the influence varied according to regional industry circumstances and the stage of the refresh cycle,” Gartner principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa stated in a statement. “For instance, in Japan, Computer shipments grew 55% in the third quarter of 2019, driven by the Windows 10 refresh cycle and a pending sales tax modify. This robust development helped propel the total worldwide Computer industry to development.”


IDC estimates worldwide Computer shipments grew three.% to 70.four million units in Q3 2019. The leading 5 vendors in IDC’s benefits have been Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, and Acer.

IDC also identified Lenovo very first and HP second, with Dell rounding out the leading 3. All 3 saw development, whilst Apple and Acer declined. The rest of the industry also declined, by three.two%. The precise numbers, for your perusal:

IDC PC shipments for Q3 2019

“Commercial demand need to accelerate as enterprises perform via the remainder of their Windows 10 migration,” IDC study vice president Linn Huang stated in a statement. “The quantity of months till the finish of service (EOS) date of Windows 7 can be counted on 1 hand. With January 14, 2020 drawing nigh, the industrial industry need to be capable to digest the further inventory more than the subsequent quite a few quarters. Provide constraints may perhaps loom in subsequent quarters, so excess may perhaps not be a poor position for channel inventory via the remainder of the year.”


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