Growth Streak for Traditional PCs Continues During Holiday Quarter of 2021, According to IDC

NEEDHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DesktopPC–Worldwide shipments of Traditional PCs (desktops, notebooks, and workstations) reached 92.7 million units during the fourth quarter of 2021 (4Q21), marking 1.0% growth over the same quarter in 2020, according to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. Total PC shipments during 2021 reached 348.8 million units, up 14.8% from 2020. This represents the highest level of shipments the PC market has seen since 2012.

“2021 has truly been a return to form for the PC,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile and Consumer Device Trackers. “Consumer need for PCs in emerging markets and global commercial demand remained strong during the quarter with supply being a gating factor. While consumer and educational demand has tapered in some developed markets, we continue to believe the overall PC market has reset at a much higher level than before the pandemic.”

“A challenging logistical environment, coupled with ongoing supply-side shortages, meant that the PC market could have been even larger than it was in 2021,” according to Tom Mainelli, group vice president of IDC’s Device and Consumer Research. “We closed the year with many buyers still waiting for their PC orders to ship. As we move through the first half of the year, we expect supply to remain constrained, especially with regards to the commercial segment where demand is the most robust.”

Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Traditional PC Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q4 2021 (Preliminary results, shipments are in thousands of units)

Company

4Q21 Shipments

4Q21 Market Share

4Q20 Shipments

4Q20 Market Share

4Q21/4Q20 Growth

1. Lenovo

21,701

23.4%

22,430

24.4%

-3.3%

2. HP Inc.

18,645

20.1%

19,266

21.0%

-3.2%

3. Dell Technologies

17,197

18.6%

15,797

17.2%

8.9%

4. Apple

7,602

8.2%

7,001

7.6%

8.6%

5T. ASUS*

6,105

6.6%

5,427

5.9%

12.5%

5T. Acer Group*

6,036

6.5%

6,538

7.1%

-7.7%

Others

15,367

16.6%

15,285

16.7%

0.5%

Total

92,653

100.0%

91,744

100.0%

1.0%

Source: IDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, January 12, 2022

Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Traditional PC Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, 2021 (Preliminary results, shipments are in thousands of units)

Company

2021 Shipments

2021 Market Share

2020 Shipments

2020 Market Share

2021/2020 Growth

1. Lenovo

81,935

23.5%

71,832

23.6%

14.1%

2. HP Inc.

74,104

21.2%

67,782

22.3%

9.3%

3. Dell Technologies

59,303

17.0%

50,297

16.6%

17.9%

4. Apple

27,775

8.0%

22,754

7.5%

22.1%

5. Acer Group

23,906

6.9%

20,977

6.9%

14.0%

Others

81,777

23.4%

70,218

23.1%

16.5%

Total

348,800

100.0%

303,860

100.0%

14.8%

Source: IDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, January 12, 2022

Notes:

* IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide Traditional PC market when there is a difference of one tenth of one percent (0.1%) or less in the shipment shares among two or more vendors.

– Some IDC estimates prior to financial earnings reports. Data for all companies are reported for calendar periods.

– Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the company/brand under which they are sold.

– Traditional PCs include Desktops, Notebooks, and Workstations and do not include Tablets or x86 Servers. Detachable Tablets and Slate Tablets are part of the Personal Computing Device Tracker but are not addressed in this press release.

In addition to the tables above, a graphic illustrating the worldwide market share of the top 5 Traditional PC companies over the previous five quarters is available by viewing this press release on IDC.com.

IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker gathers detailed market data in over 90 countries. The research includes historical and forecast trend analysis among other data.

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