PC Sales Grew Slightly in Second Quarter

Q1 2019 was also negative, but the second quarter saw a year-over-year improvement. Business analyst firms Gartner and IDC tackle the numbers differently, but both agree that sales of traditional PCs were up-in some regions, way up-in Q2 2019.

According to IDC, sales in Q2 totaled 64.9 million units, up 4.7 percent year-over-year.

Gartner said that shipments rose from 62 million units in the 2Q18 to almost 63 million units in 2Q19. Along with Windows 10, IDC attributed the growth to the easing of Intel CPU supply shortages along with looming trade tensions that propeled the market forward. "The shortage mainly impacted small and midsize vendors as large vendors took advantage and continued to grow, taking market share away from the smaller vendors that struggled to secure CPUs". Those figures include desktop PCs, notebooks and "ultramobile premiums", such as the Microsoft Surface. Chromebooks and iPads aren't counted; their sales are tracked elsewhere.

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According to IDC, Lenovo remains the top company when it comes to PC market share, with 25.1% of the market and a growth of 18.2%. According to Gartner, the brand shipped 15,774 devices, while IDC tallied 16,254 shipments.

HP came in second, claiming more than 20 percent of the market with year-over-year growth of a few points. Dell (11.1 million units), Apple (3.9 million), and Acer (3.8 million) rounded out the top five.

The trade standoff between the U.S. and China also appear to have caused a surge, with Ubrani noting that "the threat of increased tariffs led some PC makers to ship a surplus of desktops and notebooks, thereby artificially propping up the PC market during the second quarter". Gartner, however, marked a 0.4 percent decline in U.S. shipments. Shipments in Latin America declined. Gartner's Mikiko Kitigawa warns: "Most laptops and tablets are now manufactured in China, and sales of these devices in the U.S. could face significant price increases", while IDC's Jitesh Ubrani seems more focused on short-term boosts in sales trying to outrun future tariffs, stating, "the fear of increased tariffs and a potential trade war are great topics for conversation but aren't manifesting into a tangible increase in demand yet".

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