Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 2 Percent in 2017

PC Market Moving Toward Stabilization: Garner & IDC

Worldwide PC shipments fell again in the fourth quarter and full year 2017, the 13th consecutive quarterly and the sixth year of annual decline, according to the latest preliminary study from Gartner.

"Enticed by a growing array of products that promise all-day battery life, high portability, and address emerging use cases that require more compute power, pockets of the consumer base are taking a serious look at these revamped PCs", says IDC's Jay Chou.

The growth saw Apple boost its market share from 7.7% in Q4 2016 to 8.2% in the same quarter past year ...

Chinese high-tech giant Lenovo lost further ground to worldwide PC leader HP in the final quarter of a year ago, as it struggles in the face of a globally sluggish market and lack of traction for its newer mobile devices, according to new data released on Friday.

In every global measurement from both IDC and Gartner, HPI came out on top, with Lenovo second, Dell third and Apple fourth.

Lenovo had moderate growth in EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions, but shipments declined in North America.

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He added: "However, the overall PC market remains a challenging one". Kitagawa of Gartner said that "the PC will become a more specialized, purpose-driven device".

In the league table of PC vendors, HP took the number one slot in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Two high-profile analysts - Gartner and IDC - have released conflicting figures on the performance of the global PC market for Q4 2017, while both expressing some signs of optimism.

In the United States market, IDC reported the overall PC market performed below expectations in the Q4 2017, with a drop in notebook and desktop sales. Both showed more than an 8% increase in shipments. 'However, the US market saw a steep decline, which offset the generally positive results in other regions. The group had initially forecast a 1.7% decline for the quarter. Total PC shipments in the USA reached 16.5 million units, lead by HP with a 34 percent marketshare. This suggests that the tablet market is continuing its "spiraling decline", outside of Apple and a couple others, according to a previous IDC report. Although the situation improved as the year progressed, the shortage of key components such as SSD (Solid State Drives) acted as a major driver of shipments for much of 2017, with top PC companies vying to lock up supply ahead of price increases and thus boosting orders.

An improving trend in PC shipments will benefit the business prospects of companies like HP Inc., Microsoft, Intel Corporation, Seagate Technologies STX and Western Digital WDC, which continue to depend substantially on PC sales. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here. Today he reveals and explains his surprising move in a new Special Report.

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