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IDC: Traditional PC Market "Further Stabilises"

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The traditional PC market (covering desktops, notebooks and workstations) shows further signs of stabilisation, IDC reports-- global shipments total 67.2 million units in Q3 2017, a slight -0.5% Y-o-Y decline.

Such results are better than previous forecasts of a -1.4% Y-o-Y decline, and are the result of a boost coming from improvements in emerging markets and back-to-school promotions. Even EMEA sees "signs of progress towards stabilisation," with notebooks as chief driver while a growing gaming segment helps keep the desktop market going.

IDC Q3 2017 forecast PC

"The traditional PC market performed much as expected in Q3 2017," the analyst remarks. "Emerging markets rebounded slightly more than anticipated, but overall results reflect the stabilization we expected following component and inventory adjustments. The outlook for Q4 2017 remains cautious, likely with a small decline in volume for the quarter and the year. The gains in emerging regions and potential for more commercial replacements represent some upside potential, although we continue to expect incremental declines in total shipments for the next few years."

Mercifully the component shortages of recent quarters are also improving, and did not prove "significant hindrance" to production volumes. However component prices are on the up, as seen in a Gartner report pointing out higher memory costs and component shortages are a Q4 2017 "cause for concern"-- memory is driving the bill-of-materials cost higher across equipment categories, leading to higher pricing by OEMs.

When it comes to vendors, IDC names HP as Q3 2017 leader with 22.8% market share. HP is also the only top vendor with "notable" growth of 6% Y-o-Y, thanks to wins in Asia/Pacific. Lenovo follows with flat 0.1% Y-o-Y growth, while Dell remains in 3rd place with 0.8% Y-o-Y growth.

Apple retains 4th place with 0.3% Y-o-Y growth, and Asus comes 5th as it sees shipments decline by -14.6% Y-o-Y, faster than the market average.

Go IDC WW Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker

Go Gartner Semiconductor Forecast Q3 2017 Update