Global PC sales declined for eight consecutive quarters, Gartner reports

Origin Millenium PC 2016
Bill Roberson/Digital Trends
Although a recent report states consumer satisfaction with desktops and laptops is on the rise, Gartner is now pointing out that shipments of desktops, laptops, and ultra-mobile “premiums” like the Surface devices declined 5.7 percent in the third quarter of 2016. This is a global number and shows sales have continuously gone downhill over the last eight quarters. It is also the longest duration of a decline in the history of the PC, according to Gartner.

On a global scale, Lenovo takes the sales lead in the third quarter of 2016 with a 20.9-percent market share, down 2.4 percent from the same quarter in 2015. HP fell into second place with a 20.4-percent market share followed by Dell (14.7 percent), Asus (7.8 percent), Apple (7.2 percent), and Acer (6.7 percent). Out of this group, Apple and Acer took nasty hits to the wallet with a 13.4-percent and 16.2-percent drop, respectively, while the HP/Dell/Asus trio gained over 2.3 percent.

Additionally, when the batch of PC manufacturers that fall under the ‘others’ umbrella are thrown into the mix, the total growth in the third quarter of 2016 is a negative 5.7 percent. In the United States, the decline is not quite so drastic but still present, as the local PC-market growth only dropped a mere 0.3 percent compared to the same quarter in 2015.

On a more detailed level, HP actually took the lead in the third quarter of 2016 here in the U.S. The company commanded 29.7 percent of the market, up 3.1 percent from the same quarter in 2015. Dell fell into second place with a 24-percent share followed by Lenovo (14.1 percent), Apple (12.9 percent), and Asus (5.1 percent). Of this group, Lenovo saw the biggest gains with a 15.3-percent rise in units sold while Apple was hit the hardest with a 10.7-percent plunge.

According to the report, the Asia/Pacific region saw 24.7 million units sold in the third quarter of 2016, down 7.6 percent from the same quarter in 2015. While the number of units sold in China is unknown, that market reportedly took a 4.8-percent plunge. The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) market saw 19.2 million units sold with a 3.3- percent decline, and the United States saw 16.2 million units sold for a 0.3-percent decline.

“The stabilization of the PC business market was a key factor for HP Inc.’s shipment growth, as a majority of its revenue was generated from the business segment,” Gartner said on Tuesday. “Dell’s shipment growth exceeded the regional average in most regions.”

The numbers were a bit surprising given the back-to-school season. However, the firm said that campaigns targeting students have become less effective. Even more, the consumer market is saturated with PCs, thus customers are not really out to purchase new units. Even more, parents are handing older devices down to their children. Parents may even be purchasing Chromebooks, which were not included in Gartner’s market study.

Right now, Gartner’s current report is based on preliminary findings. The full set of numbers will be provided within the firm’s PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region program. Regardless, the report is just one more negative mark slapped on the PC industry.

Emerging Tech

How Super Mario, Magic: The Gathering, and PowerPoint are low-key supercomputers

What if the creators of Super Mario World, PowerPoint, and even Magic: The Gathering had accidentally created tools hiding a general-purpose computer in plain sight? Turns out they have.
Computing

Your amazing PC rig needs an amazing computer case. These are the very best

There's an incredible variety of PC cases on the market, but a few stand above the rest. Any of our five best computer cases will make your desktop look and work great, no matter what your budget is.
Computing

Give your PC a new lease on life by upgrading its core components

Older PCs can still be great tools for work and play, they just need a little upgrade now and then. Here are the best upgrades you can make to your PC to make it feel fresh and fast once again.
Computing

The Dell XPS 13 headlines the best laptop deals for May 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we have you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Computing

The best all-in-one PCs look good and have great performance in a compact package

An all-in-one PC are the perfect way to reduce desktop clutter and simplify your computing experience. Balancing performance, display quality, and value, these are the best all-in-one PCs.
Computing

Yes, Google tracks and collects your online purchases through Gmail. But why?

Google has been tracking your purchase history and while the company says that the tracking is part of an effort to help you keep track of your purchases, there are indications that there might be other, less clear motives for doing so.
Product Review

The first AMD-powered Chromebook will make you wish you had Intel inside

The HP Chromebook 14 is a budget Chrome OS laptop that cuts its price in part by choosing AMD over Intel and by using plastic instead of metal. The results are mixed.
Computing

HP slashes $200 off Spectre x360 laptops in Memorial Day deal

HP's Spectre x360 laptops are among the best premium convertible notebooks on the market today, and now you can save $200 on these laptops thanks to HP's Memorial Day sale. The 15-inch model also supports discrete graphics.
Computing

Windows 10 notifications driving you crazy? Here's how to get them under control

Are the notifications on Windows 10 annoying you? Here's our guide on how to turn off notifications in Windows, and how to manage alerts so that the important stuff still gets through.
Deals

Walmart Memorial Day sale: 4K TVs, laptops, and Apple iPads get price cuts

The Walmart Memorial Day sale has begun. With some pretty nice savings on Apple iPads, Samsung and Vizio 4K TVs, laptops, and Google Home devices, now is a great time to snag some electronics for cheap.
Deals

Best Memorial Day sales 2019: Walmart, Dell, and Home Depot start early

If you're looking to save big on some shiny new stuff for Memorial Day 2019, we've gathered everything you need to know into one place. Find out where to save the most money before the summer hits its stride.
Home Theater

Plex is free and easy, and you'll wonder how you survived without it

If you want a Netflix-like experience for the media you already own, you need Plex. It's the free media center software that automatically catalogs and plays your movies, music, photos, and more, on your TV. Here's how to use it.
Product Review

Oculus Quest is the affordable VR rig we’ve been waiting for

Oculus announced that its Project Santa Cruz virtual reality headset will ship next year as the Oculus Quest, and we got to try out several new game titles on the Quest. Find out our impressions of VR without wires.
Computing

Amazon’s one-day sale takes up to 69 percent off wireless accessories

Looking for a mechanical keyboard or a better mouse to take your gaming experience to the next level? You can now save up to 69 percent on these accessories through Amazon's sale. These prices are only good for today, so act fast!