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By Maria Armental

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) – PC makers have not benefited from increased demand for new computers as a result of the corona pandemic. On the contrary: According to preliminary data from two market research companies, PC sales actually fell significantly in the first quarter due to production problems and logistical challenges.

At the beginning of the week, Gartner announced that worldwide PC shipments had dropped by 12.3 percent to 51.6 million units, which would be the sharpest decline since 2013. In the USA, on the other hand, there had been a slight increase compared to the previous year, albeit compared to The previous quarter also saw a decline of 30.2 percent.

According to IDC, deliveries fell 9.8 percent to 53.2 million, with the United States posting the lowest quarterly volume in a decade.

IDC believes that the surge in demand is likely to be short-lived as companies and consumers are likely to have to cut back on spending. Nevertheless, IDC expects tailwind for the industry in the medium term. Companies need to invest in a decentralized infrastructure, at least for reasons of continuity, said Linn Huang, IDC Research Vice President for Devices and Monitors. And consumers who are stuck at home should notice how important it is to be technically up to date.

Much of the difference between the two companies’ data stems from how the term PC is defined, as differences between PCs and devices such as tablets are becoming increasingly blurred.

However, the top manufacturers’ rankings remained unchanged, with Lenovo still number 1, followed by HP and Dell. Together, the three companies account for more than half of the market.

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April 14, 2020 02:56 ET (06:56 GMT)

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