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September 21, 2020
Annual Personal Computer Sales Experience First Growth in Eight Years

PC Sales Finally Experience Growth for the First Time in 8 Years (Partly Due to Businesses Transitioning to Windows 10)

For the first time in eight year, sales of personal computers — desktops and laptops alike — experienced growth, ending a long downturn…

Last year turned out to be a good one for the PC industry, according to both Gartner and IDC. It’s the first time the market underwent any growth for a full year’s time, with a rise of 2.7 percent. (The previous year of growth occurred back in 2011, with a 1.7 percent increase.)

Annual Personal Computer Sales Experience First Growth in Eight Years

Shipments of personal computers, which include desktops, notebooks, and workstations, rose by almost three percent, resulting in a net gain of 0.6 percent for the entire 2019 year.

Both Gartner and IDC estimate PC shipments hit 70 million units sold in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Although, there is a discrepancy between the two firms. IDC calculates the market experienced a growth rate of 4.8 percent in Q4, in a year-over-year comparison. Meanwhile, Gartner reports an increase of 2.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to 2018.

However, both companies agree that last year’s PC sales increase was at-least partly due to businesses transitioning to Windows 10 machines from Windows 7 units. As a result, Lenovo, HP, and Dell, secured the three top spots of PC manufacturers that shipped the most units.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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