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The worldwide PC market is continuing to enjoy a surge in demand following the pandemic, the latest figures from Gartner has suggested.

The analyst firm estimates there were a total of 71.6 million PC devices shipped in the second quarter of the year, representing a 4.6% increase compared to the same quarter in 2020.

Gartner added the demand for PC devices is still higher than it was before the pandemic, althought it has begun slowing, mostly due to the current shortage of various components. 

“The global semiconductor shortage and subsequent component supply constraints have extended lead time for some enterprise mobile PC models to as long as 120 days,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner. 

“This has led to prices increasing in the bill of materials, which vendors have passed on to end-users. Moving forward, rising prices could continue to slow PC demand through the next 6 to 12 months.”

Top PC performers

Looking at the list of the best-performing PC vendors, not much has changed, with Lenovo still leading the way having shipped more than 17.2 million units to snatch 24.1% of the market share. 

HP is second with more than 14.3 million devices sold for a market share of 20%, while Dell rounded off the top three with just above 12.2 million devices sold and a market share of 17.1%.

Lenovo has achieved five straight quarters of year-on-year growth, Gartner added, thanks partly to its in-house manufacturing operation, which helps it control component shortages. 

Chromebooks selling well

Chromebooks, which Gartner usually excludes from its traditional PC market results, have also had a strong quarter, with the total combined worldwide PC and Chromebook market growing by 10% year on year.

Still, compared to last year, the global PC market has recorded a negative, -3.7% growth.

Segmenting the market into different regions, Gartner has found that the Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) region went into a “transition phase” during Q2 2021, with total PC shipments declining 1.9% year on year. 

In Asia Pacific (APAC), on the other hand, the demand remained strong, from both consumers and businesses, seeing a a 16.5% growth year on year.

Sead is a seasoned freelance journalist based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He writes about IT (cloud, IoT, 5G, VPN) and cybersecurity (ransomware, data breaches, laws and regulations). In his career, spanning more than a decade, he’s written for numerous media outlets, including Al Jazeera Balkans. He’s also held several modules on content writing for Represent Communications.