Wednesday, 03 June 2020 09:51

Global PC, tablet shipments seen falling 7% this year

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Global PC and tablet shipments will fall 7% from 395.6 million units in 2019 to 367.8 million units this year, the technology analyst firm Canalys has forecast.

In a blog post, the company said while the market had been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the worst of the declines was behind, as there would be smaller falls in the second, third and final quarters of 2020.

Canalys said the supply chain and manufacturing base in China had kicked off again and the need for hardware could be satisfied in sectors like remote working and education.

But this did not mean that the COVID-19 outbreak would not have a major recessionary impact, and companies would prioritise spending on other parts of their business rather than refreshing their PC and tablet stock.

Canalys analyst Ishan Dutt said: “From a category perspective, notebooks have been at the centre of a demand surge that has left vendors and channel partners scrambling.

“We expect this demand to persist, as many businesses that have been forced into home working and found it successful are now choosing to implement it on a larger scale.

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"The same holds true for education, where schools have made investments in digital curricula and are implementing only partial returns to on-premises learning.

"Desktop refresh will suffer to a greater degree as businesses face prolonged uncertainty about the scope of their operations and dedicated office space needs.

"Tablets, which have the greatest reliance on consumer spending, will face a slump as holiday season demand in Q4 is expected to take a hit this year.”

Canalys claimed that the importance of PCs had been underlined during the pandemic.

“Canalys expects the global PC market to return to growth of 2% in 2022, with desktop and notebook shipments overcoming prolonged weakness in the tablet space," said Canalys research director Rushabh Doshi.

"But it is important to keep things in perspective: a modest recovery from a weak 2020 will not see the PC market return to the highs of 2019 for some years to come.”

Canalys has forecast differing declines in PC and tablets shipments for various regions: China will fall 3% this year and grow 4% in 2012; Asia-Pacific will fall 1% this and recovery will start in 2012; North America will fall 6% in 2020; Europe, the Middle East and Africa will fall 1%; and Latin America will fall about 8% in 2020.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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