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The pandemic boom in PC sales is over

The pandemic boom in PC sales is over

According to fresh industry estimates, global PC shipments fell dramatically in the first quarter of 2022, indicating that the PC sales bubble is gone.

According to Gartner, PC shipments fell 7.3 percent year over year to 77.5 million units, owing mostly to a sharp drop in Chromebook shipments. Chromebooks are low-cost computers that run the Google operating system and are popular in schools.

The slowing pace of shipping growth in the first quarter contrasts sharply with the industry’s blistering pace of revenue growth in 2021.

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During the first quarter of 2021, PC sales grew at their quickest rate in 20 years, as consumers and organizations purchased new laptops and desktops for remote work and learning. After nearly a decade of poor or no growth, PC sales increased by around 15% in 2021, recovering to 2012 levels.

Other figures released on Monday showed a dip as well. According to IDC, the number of units delivered fell by 5.1 percent to 80.5 million. During the first three months of 2022, Canalys reported a 3% reduction in shipments, while total PC revenue rose, according to the company. According to Gartner, the PC market expanded at a rate of 3.3 percent per year, excluding Chromebooks.

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During the PC sales boom, the industry encountered issues with parts availability for laptops and desktops due to a global chip shortage. During Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, PC vendors halted sending new PCs into the country.

Companies that make computers or critical components like CPUs believed that the epidemic would provide a new sales baseline for the sector, but some experts have warned that because so many people have already purchased new computers, growth could be dramatically slowed.

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According to Gartner, the six largest PC firms by units shipped in the first quarter were Lenovo, HP, Dell, Apple, Asus, and Acer.


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