Worldwide shipments of PCs grew 1.5% in the second quarter of 2019 after two quarters of decline, according to a preliminary Thursday report from Gartner. Sixty-three million units shipped in Q2 2019, compared to 62 million units the same time last year, the report says.
That growth was “driven by demand from the Windows 10 refresh in the business market” in Q2, said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner senior principal analyst. “Desktop PC growth was strong, which offset a decline in mobile PC shipments.”
In the US, 14 million PCs were shipped in Q2, down 0.4% from the same time last year, Gartner says. HP and Dell remained in the #1 and #2 spots for shipments, respectively. PC shipments in Asia/Pacific dropped 1% compared to last year, largely due to a weak market in China, Gartner says.
But ongoing trade disputes and the threat of tariffs lend some uncertainty to PC demand in the near future, Gartner says.
“While the U.S.-China trade war did not impact the PC market in the second quarter of 2019, the nextlaptops and tablets are currently manufactured in China and sales of these devices in the U.S. could face significant price increases if the punitive tariffs are imposed and vendors do not take quick action to respond.”
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