PC market: Demand shrinks by more than 15 percent

Although analysts had already expected a significant contraction, the reality is even grimmer.

The market research company IDC has now presented its figures for the second quarter of 2022 for the PC market. The worldwide deliveries of PCs were used. Specifically, this involves desktop computers, notebooks and workstations. However, tablets and servers are not taken into account. And the gaming market is only partially included. Nevertheless, the prospects for the PC market are rather bleak: According to IDC, deliveries worldwide fell by 15.3 percent in the second quarter. Accordingly, only 71.3 million computers were sold compared to the previous year, while there were still 84.2 million in the same period of 2021.

Purchases are deferred

After two years with good figures, the second quarter is now followed by declining sales. Despite the already poor forecasts, the lockdowns in China, together with supply chains that are no longer functioning and a poor global economic situation, meant that the market developed even worse than predicted. Another reason is fears of a recession, which will further weaken demand. End customers in particular have become more cautious with their spending on PC technology. However, companies would also increasingly postpone their purchases.

Losers are Apple, HP and Acer

The good news: Compared to 2018 and 2019, the PC market is still in a much better position. The manufacturers HP, Acer and Apple lost particularly heavily. The poor availability puts a spanner in the works for AMD: In the CPU area, sales could fall by 26 percent this year.

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