Global PC shipments decline as Mac sales stay stagnant


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Mac sales are still solid.
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Global PC shipments declined for the 11th straight quarter, according to a new report from Gartner which found shipments were the lowest they’ve been since 2007.

While most PC manufacturers are experiencing a sales slump, Apple’s Mac and MacBook sales are pretty much stagnant from the same quarter a year ago. Other companies like Lenovo and Asus saw their shipments take a huge dip.

“Higher PC prices due to the impact of component shortages for DRAM, solid state drives (SSDs) and LCD panels had a pronounced negative impact on PC demand in the second quarter of 2017,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner in a statement. “The approach to higher component costs varied by vendor. Some decided to absorb the component price hike without raising the final price of their devices, while other vendors transferred the costs to the end-user price.”

Mac sales are strong

Apple actually gained marketshare during the last quarter, though it wasn’t much. A total of 4.24 million Macs were sold during the second quarter of 2017. During the same quarter last year Apple sold 4.26 million. Other competitors’ struggles help Apple’s marketshare grow from 6.7 percent last year to 6.9 percent this year.

HP and Dell were the only two companies to see their shipments rise year-over-year. Dell’s shipments grew 1.4% from a total of 9.5 million units moved during the quarter. HP meanwhile commands over 20% of the market with 12.69 million PCs sold.

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PC sales are in slump.
Photo: Gartner