The PC market is on the decline for the fifth year running
According to a report by Gartner, PC shipments in 2016 totaled 269.7 million units, a 6.2 percent decline from 2015. A downward trend that began since 2012, this is the fifth straight year the PC market has contracted.
To put another way, if you were to consider that PC shipments amounted to 365 million units in 2011, shipments have actually dropped 26 percent in just the last five years. That’s…a lot.
And it’s not just Gartner that says so; IDC agrees too. The latter pegs 'worldwide traditional PC shipments' in 2016 to be 260 million units.
For what it’s worth, the top five PC vendors for 2016 (in which both research companies agree) are: Lenovo, HP, Dell, ASUS, and Apple. Lenovo and HP are pretty much neck and neck with each other; in fact, the combination of both already takes 40 percent of the shipment pie.
Neither Gartner nor IDC offers any prediction for 2017, but if we were to bet, we’d say that the PC market will continue to shrink in the foreseeable future.