With a 23.8 percent market share Lenovo dominated the worldwide PC shipments that totalled 70.6 million units in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019, a 2.3 percent increase from Q4 of 2018, a report by Gartner said on Tuesday. According to IDC, the Q4 shipments came in at 71.8 million units, which represents 4.8 percent growth. For the full year, shipments came to 266.69 million units, a 2.7 percent increase over 2018. Gartner took desktops, notebooks and ultramobile premiums like the Microsoft Surface into account and didn't count Chromebooks and iPads.
"The PC market experienced growth for the first time since 2011, driven by vibrant business demand for Windows 10 upgrades, particularly in the US, EMEA ( Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) and Japan", Gartner senior principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.
As ZDNet's Ed Bott noted, there are an estimated 1.2 billion Windows PCs in use around the world, with somewhere around a billion running Windows 10. Companies will probably be less keen to upgrade their systems in the new fiscal year, and without that bump from Windows 7's demise, other factors will play a more important role.
"The market will still have its challenges ahead, but this year was a clear sign that PC demand is still there despite the continued insurgence of emerging form factors and the demand for mobile computing". However, the ongoing Intel CPU shortage constrained sales, Gartner wrote, and actual sales could have been much higher. IDC said that the adoption of AMD CPUs provided some relief to the problem. Many of those people, according to Gartner and IDC, are upgrading their hardware as a result. Apple shipped 2.13 million Macs in the USA, up 0.8 percent from the 2.11 million that it shipped in the fourth quarter of 2018.
With the exception of the Asia/Pacific, Lenovo recorded year-over-year growth in all regions.
Gartner's data is slightly different from that of the IDC due to their different methodologies in calculating the shipments. It growth was largely due to a robust United States market, IDC says.
Interestingly enough, Mac sales in Q4 declined 5.3 percent year-over-year, as per IDC. In those estimates, Lenovo was also the top worldwide PC vendor for the year, with 24.1 percent market share.