International PC Shipments Significantly Declined in 2022, Growth Expected This Year

IDC, a research company, has released its most recent quarterly PC tracker data, which monitors shipments for the market for desktops, laptops, and workstations worldwide. The report shows that PC sales “continued to slump” in the last quarter of 2022. Shipments were 67.2M, a 28% decrease from the same period in 2021. IDC’s analysis did highlight a few encouraging points: a consumer-side comeback is anticipated to start in Q3 2023 or maybe early 2024, and full-year sales for 2022 remained higher than in the pre-pandemic era.

It’s interesting to note that IDC compares Q4 2022 PC sales to those of 2018 when Intel was experiencing supply issues and the market was feeling the effects of the consequent component shortages. Even while the 292.3M units sold last year were still much higher than pre-pandemic levels, the researchers assert that the most recent data shows “the pandemic boom is over for the PC market.”

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The decline in average selling prices (ASPs) over the last several months has been another issue for the PC market. According to IDC, prices have been lowered to increase demand because of excessive channel inventories. The fact that pre-built PCs are more affordable than ever before as a result of lowering pricing for essential parts like GPUs, RAM, and storage is not mentioned.

IDC reports that although researchers generally agree that the PC industry as a whole will resume a growth cycle in late 2023, the consumer sector may not begin to show signs of recovery until as early as 2024. According to Canalys research released late last year, PC sales in the United States fell 12% year on year in the third quarter of 2022. However, that analysis solely looked at PC shipments in the United States, but IDC’s data is global.

The end of support for Windows 10 and a cycle of building upgrades are two motivating factors that might lead to more PC purchases in the business sector. With the appealing advancements lately released by AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA, we may observe enthusiasts and gamers creating or purchasing whole new systems this year.

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Muhammad Zuhair


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