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Global PC shipment continues to increase, with 71.5 million units in Q2 2021

After an impressive performance in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, global shipments of personal computers (PCs) continued to increase, reaching the second quarter of the year. Data from Stock Apps shows that the total number of PCs shipped in the second quarter of 2021 reached 71.6 million globally, a year-over-year increase of 4.6%.

Global demand for PCs, including laptops and desktops, continues to be very strong in the enterprise market and in the consumer space in response to the pandemic. According to a Gartner survey, global PC shipments increased by 3.2 million units in the second quarter of 2021 year-on-year.

However, compared to the Q1 2021 report, the result was significantly below period growth which saw global PC shipments jump nearly 36% year-on-year to 69.8 million units due slower growth in PC sales caused by continued component shortages, which extended the delivery time of some business notebook models.

Lenovo remained the market leader with $17.3 million of PCs shipped in the second quarter of the year, marking a 3.6% increase over Q2 2020 figures. The study period also marks the the company’s fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth, driven primarily by Lenovo’s steady growth in in-house manufacturing operations, allowing the Chinese tech giant to better control component shortages compared to its competitors who mainly depend on outsourcing.

For example, the world’s second-largest PC vendor, HP, saw global shipments fall 11.3% year-on-year to 14.3 million units in the second quarter, while shipments fell significantly in America. North and EMEA countries, with supply constraints on business laptops. contributed to this decline.

Dell had its third straight quarter of year-over-year growth as the world’s third-largest PC vendor. Between April and June, the American technology company shipped 12.2 million PCs worldwide, 14.4% more than in the second quarter of 2020, mainly due to impressive sales of desktop PCs which jumped 40 % year-on-year over that period, Gartner data reveals.

Apple and Asus grew faster than the market in the second quarter of the year due to improved availability of consumer PCs, with the market segment less affected by shortages than the enterprise market, which which allows greater flexibility in the system design of consumer models, allowing certain supply constraints to be circumvented. While Apple shipped more than 6 million PCs globally between April and June, a 20% year-over-year increase, Asus followed with more than 4.2 million units shipped, representing a growth of 16% year-on-year during this period.