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Tech analyst IDC said Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) PC market shipments slid in calendar Q4 due to shortages of a certain processor and turbulent politics.
Though its preliminary findings show a 5.8 per cent year-on-year drop in unit shipments compared to the same period in 2017, there were a few rays of hope.
IDC - Units - Channel - Distributors - Retailers
According to IDC, 19.6 million units were sold into channel - distributors and retailers - but that decline was unevenly split, with the Windows 10 adoption wave restricting the commercial decline to 1.1 per cent. The consumer segment was hit hard, down 10.6 per cent as consumers stayed away from new hardware in their droves.
Western Europe, in particular, saw an overall decline of 4.7 per cent for the quarter: commercial sales actually grew 1.3 per cent but retail dragged things down, with a heavy decline of 11.5 per cent.
Liam - Hall - Research - Analyst - IDC
Liam Hall, senior research analyst at IDC, pointed to Intel's chip-making woes:
"The impact of the CPU shortage is really starting to be felt by major vendors, with available supplies restricting their capability to meet seasonal demand." Intel's prioritising of high-end silicon has led to a lack of low-end processors for PCs as supplies have dwindled.
Hall - Uncertainties - Landscape - Factor - Consumers
Hall also highlighted uncertainties regarding the political landscape as a factor in consumers holding off on spending, with both Brexit and the Yellow Vest populist movement causing disquiet.
Interestingly, Brexit may be playing a part in the growth of commercial purchasing as enterprises look to spend budgets ahead...
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