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Here's How The Top PC Vendors Fared In Q1 2018

The PC market is continuing to shrink, but there were a couple of winners in the U.S. for the first quarter, according to a Gartner report.

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PC Sales Decline While A Few Vendors Grow

The PC market is continuing to shrink, with a new Gartner report pointing to a 14th consecutive quarter in dwindling PC shipments. But while PC sales decreased internationally 1.4 percent year over year and domestically 2.9 percent in 2018's first quarter, two of the top PC vendors saw growth in the U.S. worldwide and four of the top vendors bucked the sales decline trend.

While the U.S. contributed to the overall decline, the largest driver for shrinking PC sales was China due to some state-owned and large enterprises postponing new purchases or upgrades, while they await new policies and officials' reassignments after the National Peoples' Congress in early March, Gartner said.

"In the first quarter of 2018, there was some inventory carryover from the fourth quarter of 2017," Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. "At the same time, vendors were cautious in overstocking due to the upcoming release of new models in the second quarter of 2018 with Intel's new eighth-generation core processors." While the overall PC market is shrinking, it's not all doom and gloom. Systems builders in the U.S. told CRN that high-end PC sales have been growing because of an increase in popularity in esports and live-streaming.

In the following slides, we look at how Dell, HP, Lenovo and other top PC vendors performed in first-quarter 2018, according to preliminary shipment numbers gathered by Gartner (the report only accounts for desktop, laptop and premium mobile computers, such as Microsoft Surface, but not Chromebooks or iPads).

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