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A struggling personal desktop computer and laptop market has suffered another difficult year. In 2016, overall shipments for PCs fell 5.7% compared to the previous year to just over 260 million, showed a report released late Wednesday by International Data Corp a research firm in the industry.
Lenovo topped the PC industry in 2016 with over 55.5 million PC units shipped, a drop of 3% from 2015 when it shipped over 57 million.
The company’s PC market share is currently 21.3%, said IDC. HP, Inc is close behind in second with total shipments exceeding 54.2 million PCs during 2016. That represented an increase from 2015 of 1.3%. HP’s market share was 21%.
Dell Technologies was third with over 40.7 million PC shipments during 2015, which was up 4.3% from 2015. Dell holds 14% of the overall PC market.
Apple, the tech giant from Cupertino, California had 18.4 million PC shipments during 2016. That was a drop of close to 10% from 2015. There was no explanation given for the large drop by Apple in shipments during 2016.
In previous reports released by IDC during 2016, the company said Apple shipments declined due to the company not updating its PC lineup thus allowing competitors to take some of their market share.
With Apple launching a new MacBook Pro last fall, IDC said shipments for the company had been flat during the final quarter with 5.3 million units shipped.
Despite shipments of PCs declining during 2016, IDC said overall shipment results for the fourth quarter indicated a possible rebound in the PC market for 2017.
PC shipments during the last quarter of 2017 were down 1.5% compared to the previous year ending at 70.1 million, a far slower pace than the declines of 4.5% during the second quarter and 3.9% during the third quarter year over year.
The shrinking market of traditional PC shipments that has taken place the last five years, finally seems to be letting up as users are moving to update their systems, said the IDC report.
However, PC shipments plunged more than 10% during the 2015 fourth quarter compared to the final quarter of 2014, which means although PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016 were down slightly, they were still far from being able to make up the huge drop in 2015 fourth quarter sales.
IDC’s report showed that 17 million PCs had been shipped during the fourth quarter in the U.S., which represented a slight drop from the year before.