Latest Gartner estimates shows that the Global PC shipments have now fell 3.6 percent to 67 million units in the 3rd Quarter of 2017. HP sold 14.5 million PCs between July and September 2017, representing a market share of 21.8 per cent (up 1.7 percentage points on Q3 2016).
Apple held the fourth spot with 4.9 million sales and a 7.3 percent share, a slight improvement on the 7.2 percent share it held for the third quarter of previous year. Those numbers are up from 14.4 million shipments and 21.4 percent of the market during the same period a year ago. The American consumer is the main reason for the decline, as the local market shrank 10.3 %. HP was in an upward trend as this was its fifth consecutive quarter of growth.
The PC market has been in gradual, continuous decline for several years.
The data includes all types of PC (including desktop models), but does not include Chromebook computers or iPad devices. Gartner Principal Analyst said in a statement that countries with stable economies have been able to have a positive sentiment among Small and Medium Businesses. The decline is the third consecutive decline in PC shipments in the United States.
HP Inc experienced growth in all key regions, except the U.S. market. Lenovo experienced its steepest fall in USA shipments year-over-year since it bought IBM's PC division in 2005.
In the Asia-Pacific region, PC shipments reached 24 million units, down 2.1% from the corresponding period in 2016.
Asus was the only company in the top five to see a decline faster than market average. "We expect the DRAM shortage to continue to the end of 2018, but it will not be reflected in the final PC prices immediately".
"In China, the PC market is estimated to have declined by 5 percent in the third quarter of 2017, with more stability in the business market, particularly in large enterprises, than in the consumer space", Gartner said.