Worldwide PC Market: 2Q16 Update
This IDC update analyzes the performance of the PC market in 2Q16. Worldwide PC market shipments fell 4.1% YoY in 2Q16 to 62.6 million units, but a 4.5% sequential rise showed promise of stabilization. Weak consumer sentiment was mostly responsible for the downtrend. However, this quarter around, there were sizable improvements on the commercial side, which helped the market stabilize. Global economic factors including fluctuating currency concerns and political unrest in some important parts of the world continue to remain in effect, thereby contributing negatively to overall PC market growth. Highlights of this update include:The PC market looked stronger in 2Q16, breaking the downward trend of consecutive double-digit YoY declines since 2Q15. That statement holds true for mostly all regions, with the exception of China and Asia/Pacific that mostly remained under the cloud of a weak consumer demand scenario.Consumer PC shipments did not impress too much, posting yet another double-digit decline of 10.2% YoY, with a total of 27.5 million units. The consumer PC segment has been on a negative growth trajectory since 2Q12; however, this quarter around, consumer spending did surprise a bit in some markets where it beat expectations. Consumer PC markets in the United States and Western Europe managed to bring the decline into single digits in 2Q16.Lenovo once again topped the market with 13.2 million units shipped (21.1% market share). HP Inc. narrowed its gap with Lenovo and finished second (20.7% market share) followed by Dell (15.9% market share) and ASUS (7.2% market share) ranking third and fourth, respectively. Acer Group (6.8% market share) ended up being fifth in the race, throwing Apple out of the global top 5 in 2Q16.