Global PC sales saw a 5% increase in shipments for the July-September (Q3) period in 2021, according to a report by market research firm Canalys. Lenovo captured the lion’s share of global PC shipments, while HP secured second place, followed by Dell, Apple and Acer in the top five positions. Total shipments of desktops and laptops, including workstations, reached 84.1 million units during the reported period. Canalys said current supply chain disruptions are preventing PC makers from meeting the constant demand for laptops, desktops and workstations. The PC industry has seen a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% since the start of the pandemic and the PC supply shortfall is expected to last until 2022. Canalys observes that manufacturers will not be able to to meet demand expected to peak again during the holidays this year. Latin America (LATAM), Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) recorded strong annual growth in PC shipments.
The Canalys report says global PC shipments hit 84.1 million units in the third quarter of 2021 despite a disruption to the global supply chain and logistics network due to COVID-19. Laptop and mobile workstation shipments grew 3% year-on-year to 67.4 million units, while desktop and desktop workstation shipments increased 12 % to 16.6 million units. The sharp increase in demand for PCs is attributed to the coronavirus-induced pandemic which has encouraged remote working. Lenovo was the biggest contributor to PC shipments in the third quarter of 2021 with 19.77 million shipments with 2.5% annual growth. Lenovo’s market share during the mentioned period is 23.5%. HP shipped 17.597 million products and achieved a 20.9% market share despite an annual decline of 5.7% from last year’s figures due to lower Chromebook shipments to the United States .
Dell posted an impressive performance, shipping 15.18 million units and posting the strongest growth at 26.7% with a market share of 18.1%. Apple and Acer recorded annual growth of 14.4% and 5.7% respectively. Apple obtained a 9.3% market share with 7,824 unit shipments, while Acer received a 7.2% market share with the shipment of 6,076 units.
Canalys research director Rushabh Doshi said new opportunities, including the latest hybrid work culture, can give birth to the industry. “Hybrid working models will be an important part of the new post-COVID-19 normal and will require PC vendors to improve product portfolios and go-to-market strategies as faster processors, better cameras and more. Anytime, anywhere connectivity takes center stage. . SMBs and enterprises are also likely to focus on ease of provisioning, security, and device management as they strive to maintain these new policies for the long term. Additionally, demand for PCs is expected to be robust from SMEs as various industries rush to make up for lost time and consumer spending shifts to categories that were otherwise restricted during the lockdown, primarily tourism and travel. ”Doshi said.
Regions like LATAM, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) and EMEA – which are recovering better from COVID-19 – saw strong annual growth in shipments of 17%, 16% and 13% respectively. North America (US and Canada) saw a 9% year-on-year decline, while in Japan, PC shipments fell nearly 30%.