In line with the global economy slowdown, worldwide PC shipments have declined from the first quarter of 2015 (Q1 2015) – by 9.6% to be exact. This finding, based on the market study that Gartner carried out, revealed that only 64.8 million units have moved in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016).


The same study has also confirmed that this is the sixth consecutive quarter of PC shipment declines as there is an inventory build-up from the highly anticipated holiday sales.

According to Gartner, this is within expectations as all major regions showed a year-over-year drop for PC sales with Latin America showing the steepest decrease at 32.4%. Sales for the Asia Pacific (APAC) didn’t drop as much as it only recorded a 5.1% reduction for the same period. While APAC countries may seem resilient, the weakening Chinese economy is one of the primary drivers for the dampening of overall consumer sentiment in this region.


All is not doom and gloom, as the top three PC vendors – Lenovo, Hewlett Packard, and Dell – still hold fast to their current positions in the marketplace even if all PC vendors saw a decline in overall global sales.

“Vendors that have a strong consumer focus generally struggled to increase sell in shipments. There had been no particular motivation for US consumers to purchase PCs in the first quarter of 2016. Even with the increased sales of two-in-one PCs, there is still not enough growth in that segment to offset the decline in desktop and traditional notebook sales,” said Makiko Kitagawa, Principal Analyst, Gartner.


These findings are not finalised as Gartner revealed that what it has reported so far are preliminary. The final statistics will be made available soon via the Gartner PC Quarterly Statistics Worldwide by Region.