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Lenovo leads PC shipments for 4Q18 and for the year overall

Lenovo was at the top for 2018 global PC shipments, followed by HP and then Dell. (Source: METISfiles)
Lenovo was at the top for 2018 global PC shipments, followed by HP and then Dell. (Source: METISfiles)
According to preliminary estimates by Gartner, Lenovo was the world’s largest PC vendor in 2018 in terms of units shipped. The Chinese company was at the top of the pile for the last quarter of the year (4Q18) and beat out HP and Dell for the year overall. However, Lenovo only came third for 4Q18 shipments in the US, behind HP and Dell.

Gartner has published a report detailing preliminary estimates of PCs shipped worldwide for the final quarter of 2018 and for the year as a whole. In regard to 4Q18, the global market was dominated by three vendors: Lenovo, HP, and Dell. Apple was in a distant fourth position, followed by Asus and Acer.

As for the annual state of affairs, Lenovo shipped nearly 58.5 million PCs in 2018, with HP not too far behind with 56.3 million units shipped. Overall global shipments were down on the year: 259 million PCs in 2018 compared with 262 million computers in 2017. However, Lenovo, HP, and Dell enjoyed shipment growth over the year at the expense of all the other manufacturers.

In the US, HP was the top vendor for 4Q18, taking 33.4% market share. Dell was second (25.7%), followed by Lenovo (15.2%) and Apple (12.4%). However, in terms of growth, HP was down by -7.6% while Lenovo grew by 23.4% over the year.

Gartner has attributed the fall in global PC shipments to CPU shortages and weakened consumer demand caused by “political and economic uncertainties,” such as the ongoing China-United States trade war. Lenovo has enjoyed the most growth over the year on the global scale, managing an increase of 6.9% to help capture a market share of 22.5%.

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Estimates for global shipments for 2018 (figures in thousands of units). (Source: Gartner)
Estimates for global shipments for 2018 (figures in thousands of units). (Source: Gartner)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-01-11 (Update: 2019-01-11)