The global PC market has had a good start to the year, as total revenue grew by more than 15 percent, despite the first year-on-year decline in shipping, according to research firm Canalys. Worldwide shipments of desktops and notebooks fell 3 percent to 80.1 million units annually due to geopolitical unrest and weakening consumer demand, according to the report.
But revenues hit $ 70 billion as prices continued to rise due to the market starving for supply and as consumer appetite for more expensive PCs continued to grow.
“Without a clear timeline of when these issues will be resolved, and the possibility of other black swan events, the industry must be ready to tackle a new set of challenges and respond with the same vigor it has shown. over the last two years, “said Ishan Dutt, senior analyst at Canalys, referring to the war in Ukraine and COVID-related lockdowns in major Chinese manufacturing cities such as Shenzhen and Shanghai.
Notebook shipments decreased by 6 percent year-on-year to reach 63.2 million units, but figures for desktop shipments grew by 13 percent to reach 16.8 million units. According to Canalys, revenue prospects and confidence in the PC market remain high despite shipments hampered by external shocks.
Lenovo remained the top PC vendor in the market in the first quarter of 2022 despite a 10 percent decline in shipments by 18.2 million units. HP held on to the second position despite suffering the biggest decline among the top five suppliers: its shipments fell 18 percent year-on-year to 15.8 million units.
Dell posted a 6 percent healthy growth driven by its strong commercial focus and came in third with 13.7 million shipped units. Apple and Asus increased shipments by 8 percent and 24 percent, respectively, fourth and fifth. According to Canalys, this is the quarter that Asus has confirmed a place among the top five suppliers since Q3 2017.