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M2 MacBooks help Apple defy declining global sales of personal computers

Yesterday IDC reported that Apple’s Mac now has 13.5% of the global personal computer market as sales rise 40.2% year-over-year. Now the Canalys research group has issued a similar report, though its stats are quite different.

Canalys says that the global personal computer (PC) market faced a significant drop in demand in the third quarter of 2022. Total shipments of desktops and notebooks fell 18% to 69.4 million units, as existing weakness in the consumer and education segments was exacerbated by more cautious IT spending by businesses, adds the research group.

“Adverse macroeconomic and industry factors including high inflation, rising interest rates and bloated channel inventories have dented the PC market’s momentum, and are likely to persist into 2023,” says Canalys. “Notebook shipments suffered the most, posting a year-on-year decline of 19% with 54.7 million units shipped. Desktop shipments proved more robust due to less reliance on consumer spending, falling 11% year-on-year for a total of 14.7 million units.”

Lenovo maintained pole position in the global PC market but suffered a 16% year-on-year drop to 16.9 million units. For the second quarter in a row, HP underwent the largest decline out of the top five vendors as it posted 12.7 million units, a 28% year-on-year fall. 

Both Lenovo and HP shipped their lowest totals since the onset of the pandemic in quarter one of 2020. Third-placed Dell also posted a significant decline of 21% in shipments, posting just under 12 million units. 

Apple enjoyed a better quarter than its competitors as it fulfilled orders from quarter two delayed due to supply disruptions in China and launched new M2 MacBooks. It sealed fourth place with 8 million units, a modest year-on-year increase of 2%. Asus rounded out the top five with 5.5 million units, an annual decrease of 8%. 

Article provided with permission from AppleWorld.Today
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