According to fresh data, the struggling PC industry may be poised for a great showing in 2022, after sales increased significantly last year.
According to Gartner, global PC sales increased almost 10% last year compared to 2020, hitting 339.8 million units in 2021 as companies across the globe improved their hardware to cope with the development of hybrid working owing to the continuing pandemic.
This was despite the fact that shipments fell by about 5% in the fourth quarter of 2021 when 88.4 million units were recorded.
The surge in PC use
Lenovo retained its position as the world’s leading PC vendor in 2021, with 84.0 million shipments and a 24.7 percent market share – a 10.4 per cent rise over 2020 estimates.
HP had 74.1 million shipments in 2021, giving it a 21.8 per cent market share (up 8.8 percent year on year), ahead of Dell, which saw 59.6 million shipments, giving it a 17.6 per cent market share (up 17.6 percent YoY).
Apple might only reach fourth place, with 25.9 million sales in 2021 giving them a 7.6 percent market share, despite an 18.1 percent increase over 2020.
The figures were hurt by a severe reduction in the US PC market, which suffered a second straight quarter of double-digit declines in the fourth quarter of 2021, with global sales falling by -24.2 percent compared to 2020.
According to Gartner, the decline is mostly due to a drop in demand from schools and colleges for low-cost Chromebook computers as home learning became the norm.
The persistent chip scarcity and supply chain concerns have also had a significant impact on the US market, with lacklustre demand during the Christmas season further hurting shipping figures.
In contrast, the EMEA region saw a 7.4 percent year on year increase to 26 million units, the highest volume in five years as business demand soared, with the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) market growing by 11.5 percent year on year as many private enterprises pre-ordered extra mobile PCs in anticipation of potential market shortages.
Despite the excellent performance, Gartner predicts that the worldwide PC market will contract over the next two years as demand for new devices declines – but this should not affect shipments.
“The pandemic had a huge impact on corporate and consumer PC user behaviour because individuals had to adapt to new methods of working and living,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner. “After the pandemic, several of the newly established methods of utilising PCs, such as remote or hybrid workstyles, attending online courses, and chatting with friends and family online, will remain common practice.”
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