HP and Lenovo make up almost half of all PCs shipped worldwide
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According to the latest data from market research firm IDC, worldwide PC shipments have reached 67.2 million units as of Q3 2017 to represent a 0.5 percent YoY decline. The overall market has been performing better than what analysts had initially predicted where a fall of 1.4 percent was expected. The data groups together workstations, desktops, and laptops into the single PC category.
IDC attributes the stable PC market to the growing demand in emerging and developing markets as well as the "back-to-school" marketing push from major PC manufacturers. The steady rise of gaming notebooks and VR-capable PCs could have also been keeping the market afloat.
From a manufacturer standpoint, HP continues to be the world's largest PC manufacturer with 15.295 million units shipped worldwide for a 6 percent YoY growth. Lenovo, Dell, Apple, and Asus make up the rest of the top 5 in that order. Asus in particular experienced a significant 14.6 percent drop in shipments during this latest quarter and its market share subsequently fell by 1.1 percent. The manufacturer only recently made available its new Zephyrus series and refreshed Zenbook Pro UX550 whereas Lenovo and HP will soon counter with the redesigned Yoga 920 and Spectre 13, respectively. Even with this upset, these top 5 manufacturers make up nearly three-quarters of all shipped PCs.