Gartner: Not a very merry Christmas for PC market as chip shortage bites, small biz vanishes | 1/10/2019 | Staff
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Global PC shipments slumped 4.3 per cent in the final quarter of the year as computer manufacturers had a very unhappy festive season.

According to Gartner numbers published today, vendors suffered a year-long decline of 1.3 per cent in shipments to 259.4 million units, and in the final quarter, shipments of 68.6 million units were down 4.3 per cent in what is supposed to be the busiest time of the year for sales.

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The big hit, apparently, came from a shortage of processor chips, Gartner senior principal analyst Mikako Kitagawa said. As a result of those supply chain issues: “After two quarters of growth in 2Q18 and 3Q18, PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter.”

Demand could, Kitagawa said, be pushed forward into 2019 “if CPU availability improves.”

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American PC shipments fared worse than the global market, shedding...
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