PC demand increasing@ 2022/01/14
Market research firms Gartner and IDC have added up some numbers and divided by their shoe size and worked out that the worldwide PC market has grown again throughout 2021, as demand for traditional PCs continued during a global chip shortage.
Gartner said there were 340 million PCs were shipped in 2021 which is a ten per cent increase over the already unprecedented numbers seen in 2020. IDC puts the figure at 348.8 million which is up nearly 15 percent.
IDC research manager Jitesh Ubrani said 2021 has truly been a return to form for the PC. "Consumer need for PCs in emerging markets and global commercial demand remained strong during the quarter with supply being a gating factor.”
If it had not been for that pesky chip shortage, sales could have been even higher.
Gartner reports that 2021 saw the highest shipment volume of PCs since 2013, after a 2017 milestone of five years of PC decline. “As a result, annual PC shipment volumes are not expected to decline to pre-pandemic levels for at least 2-3 years,” explains Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner.