PC sales increased slightly in the fourth quarter. As a result, annual deliveries increased by nearly 15%, after a year 2020 already marked by strong growth.
The latter part of 2021 ultimately went better than expected for the global PC market. In the fourth quarter, shipments of computers, notebooks and workstations represented 92.7 million units, according to IDC, or 1% more than the same period in 2020. In early December, the firm of However, studies anticipated a decline in sales of 3.4%. Is this significant variation between the forecast and the actual due to the arrival of the Omicron wave and a once again greater use of teleworking? The research firm does not specify.
$250 billion in revenue generated in 2021
Still, this quarterly result logically leads to an annual performance of the PC market that also exceeds expectations. It grew by 14.8% to 348.8 million units over 12 months, whereas an increase of 13.5% was previously promised to it. For Canalys, which estimates the volumes sold at 341 million terminals, deliveries generated $250 billion in revenue, or 15% more than in 2020. “The fact that the market is showing double-digit growth per compared to a year 2020 which was impressive, and despite constant supply constraints, shows how strong demand was last year”, comments Ishan Dutt, analyst at Canalys.
Unsurprisingly, the annual growth of the global PC market was mainly stimulated by the rise of 16% to 275 million units in volumes of notebooks and mobile workstations sold. Growth reached 7% for 66 million units for sales of desktops and fixed workstations.
Apple is growing nearly twice as fast as the market
At the top of the ranking of PC brands, we find once again Lenovo whose sales volumes show an increase of 13.1% over 12 months. They represent 24.1% of all computer deliveries made in 2021. HP also retains the number two rank and shows the worst performance in the sector (+9.5% growth). As a result, its market share fell by 1 point to 21.7%. Enough to reduce the distance that separates it from Dell, which saw its sales increase by 18% and its market share by 0.5 points to 17.4%. The best performance goes to Apple, which is growing almost twice as fast as the market (+28.3%) from which it captures 8.3% of volumes. Acer also stands out with sales up 21.8% and 7.1% market share