Gartner: PC industry sees first growth in 6 years as Apple’s Mac shipments also rise

Gartner today is out with its latest research covering the global PC industry during the second quarter of 2018. According to the research, shipments totaled 62.1 million units during the quarter, which is a 1.4 percent increase year over year…

This increase marks the first growth for the global PC industry since Q1 of 2012, but Gartner says it is not ready to declare a “PC industry recovery” just yet. The firm explained that the growth was due in large by demand in the business market, while the consumer market continued to decline.

On the consumer side of things, Gartner explained that users continue to gravitate more towards smartphones, thus reducing the need for a traditional PC:

“PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

“In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social media, calendaring, banking and shopping, which is reducing the need for a consumer PC.

On a per-company basis, Lenovo and HP come in at the top, accounting for 21.9 percent of the worldwide marketshare each. Dell is next on the list with 16.8 percent. Apple then ranks behind Dell with 7.1 percent of the market.

For Apple, its marketshare is up .1 percent, with shipments increasing by 3 percent from 4.26 million to 4.39 million.

If you zero-in on the United States, HP accounts for 29.3 percent of the market, followed by Dell at 28.6 percent and Lenovo at 14.9 percent. Apple is in fourth place with 12.7 percent as its US shipments rose by 1.7 percent from 1.81 million to 1.84 million.