The Strategist

Gartner reports record PC market growth for the year

04/14/2021 - 03:52

Desktop and notebook PC manufacturers shipped 69.9 million PCs in the first quarter of 2021, up 32.2% year-on-year, according to preliminary data from analyst agency Gartner. The company notes that the low early 2020 figures made the growth a record high in all time that the market has been monitored.

Santeri Viinamäki
Santeri Viinamäki
The top three computer manufacturing companies are Lenovo (17.5 million, 25.1% of the global market), HP (14.9 million, 21.4%) and Dell (11.5 million, 16.5%), as in the previous quarter. The companies increased shipments for the first quarter by 42.3%, 34.6% and 12.9%, respectively. At the same time, Dell was the only company on the list whose market share declined in the first quarter.

Gartner research director Mikako Kitagawa pointed out that the market was experiencing delays due to the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, and supply chains were negatively impacted by a global chip shortage in early 2021. "While this may be leading to lower shipment rates, it is reasonable to assume that demand for PCs will continue to be high even after restrictions on working from the office are lifted," said Kitagawa-san.

The chip shortage has affected technology companies, carmakers and game console manufacturers. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said he expected a shortage of semiconductors by the end of 2021. So far, according to Mr Furukawa, the company has purchased enough semiconductors to manufacture Nintendo Switch consoles.