According to preliminary results from Gartner, the global PC market saw a 7.3 percent drop in shipments in the first quarter of 2022, reaching 77.5 million units. The PC market was reportedly at its highest growth rate in decades at this time last year, but this time it was a challenging quarter for the PC and Chromebook market to deliver growth, according to the report. Excluding Chromebooks, the global PC market grew a modest 3.3 percent year-over-year. However, the report shows growth in business PC shipments in the first quarter of 2022, as hybrid work mode and the return to offices fueled demand for desktop devices.
According to the report from the US-based research firm, Lenovo remained the top company with a market share of 23.6 percent, followed by HP at 20.5 percent, Dell at 17.7 percent and Apple at 9.0 percent. Asus and Acer were tied at number 5 in the first quarter, with 7.2 percent and 7.1 percent market share respectively. Dell, Apple and Asus were the only top suppliers to see year-over-year growth in shipping. Due to ongoing supply chain shortages and a challenging comparison, notebook PCs saw a year-over-year decline, while desktops grew slightly.
Lenovo and HP were both significantly impacted by declining Chromebook sales in the first quarter. Lenovo was hit by slowing sales of Chromebooks in the US, but that decline was tempered by growth in Latin America and Asia Pacific.
Meanwhile, the PC market is experiencing double-digit growth for two years, so while the decline in the first quarter is a change in momentum, it doesn’t mean the industry is in a tailspin. The ranking of the top suppliers remained unchanged in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the fourth quarter of 2021.
These results are provisional. The final statistics will be available shortly.