Design office Canalys has published its quarterly estimates on global PC shipments for the first quarter, and despite a strong increase in demand, “serious production delays and logistical problems” resulted in an 8% drop in year-over-year shipments . The demand and the delays are linked to the coronavirus pandemic; While many people work remotely and students take distance courses due to home stay guidelines, supply chain disruptions, especially in China, have resulted in delayed computer shipments .
In Q1 2020, sellers shipped 53.7 million units, discovered Canalys. The new data estimates that Lenovo dominated the PC market, with 12.8 million units shipped in the first quarter, down 4.4% year over year. HP shipped 11.7 million units, 13.8% lower than a year ago, and Dell shipped 10.5 million units, a slight increase of 1.1% from same period last year. According to Canalys estimates, Apple saw its deliveries drop by 21% year-on-year to 3.2 million units.
Canalys analyst Ishan Dutt says production constraints in China have eased somewhat, but demand for PCs is unlikely to continue in the second quarter or the rest of the year. “Few businesses will spend on technology for their offices, while many homes will have been recently outfitted,” Dutt said in a statement.
The Canalys report estimates that the growth of other home technologies – such as monitors and webcams – also increased in the first quarter. NPD Group reported an increase of 179% in webcam sales in the first three weeks of March, leaving popular models sold out at major retailers.