Global PC Shipments Fell Off the Table in Q2 as Buyers Wait for Windows 10
Researchers Gartner and IDC both agreed that worldwide PC shipments tumbled precipitously in Q2 2015, and, while they disagreed a bit on the depth of the fall both blamed stalled purchases on buyers waiting for Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 10 operating system to debut on July 26.
Keeping their sense of conviviality, both Gartner and IDC also concurred that the slide in global PC shipments results from specific events not a structural problem in the market and, as a result, the industry is expected to right its own ship in the coming quarters into 2016.
According to Gartner’s figures, worldwide PC shipments totaled 68.4 million units in Q2, a 9.5 percent decline from the same time last year. The quarterly dip was the steepest since Q3 2013, Gartner said. For the full year, the researcher expects PC shipments to fall some 4.4 percent.
Gartner pointed to price hikes of PCs owing to the dollar’s appreciation against local currencies as a drag on demand, the absence of growth drivers, and buyers holding off on purchases waiting for Windows 10.
Gartner placed Lenovo in the top spot for worldwide PC shipments for the period with 19.7 percent of the market even though the vendor incurred a year-on-year shipment decline for the first time in two years. HP (HPQ) and Dell followed with 17.4 and 14 percent of the global PC market, Gartner said.
Researcher IDC pegged the worldwide PC shipment tumble for Q2 at 11.8 percent among 66.1 million units, or 1 percent below projections for the period.
Similar to Gartner, IDC also forecast a healthier second half of 2015 for the segment driven by the introduction of Windows 10. And, the researcher also expects emerging hardware categories such as convertibles and Chromebooks in commercial and consumer markets to push shipment totals upward.
“Although the second quarter decline in PC shipments was significant, and slightly more than expected, the overall trend fits with expectations,” said Loren Loverde, IDC Worldwide PC Trackers & Forecasting vice president.
“We continue to expect low to mid-single digit declines in volume during the second half of the year with volume stabilizing in future years,” he said. “We’re expecting the Windows 10 launch to go relatively well, though many users will opt for a free OS upgrade rather than buying a new PC. Competition from 2-in-1 devices and phones remains an issue, but the economic environment has had a larger impact lately, and that should stabilize or improve going forward.”
By IDC’s figuring, Lenovo led in worldwide PC shipments with 20.3 percent of the market, up almost a full point from this time last year although its unit shipments fell by 7.5 percent year-over-year. HP finished second with 18.5 percent of the market followed by Dell at 14.5 percent. HP’s shipment totals declined 10.4 percent from the same period last year and Dell’s fell 8.7 percent.