TECH NEWS – According to a research company, the worldwide PC market has produced the “most serious decline in 9 years” until the second quarter of 2022. According to the analysis, “geopolitical, economic and supply chain challenges are causing the decline.”
The global PC market “suffered the biggest decline in 9 years” in the second quarter of 2022. Worldwide PC shipments suffered the “sharpest decline in nine years” in the second quarter of 2022, according to research and consulting firm Gartner.
In a new report, the company said PC shipments totalled 72 million units in the second quarter, down 12.6% from the same period in 2021.
The sharpest decline in the PC market in nearly a decade was caused by geopolitical, economic and supply chain challenges affecting all regional markets. The EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) PC market saw the most significant decline in PC shipments, with an 18% decline, followed by the US, where shipments fell 17.5%.
“The decline we saw in the first quarter of 2022 has accelerated in the second quarter, driven by the ongoing geopolitical instability caused by the Russian Invasion of Ukraine, inflationary pressure on spending and a steep downturn in demand for Chromebooks,” said Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner.
“Supply chain disruptions also continued, but the major cause of PC delivery delays changed from component shortages to logistics disruptions. Enterprise buyers continued to experience longer PC delivery times than usual, but the lead times began to improve by the end of the second quarter, partially because key cities in China reopened in the middle of the quarter.
“To maintain profits as inflation increases costs, the PC industry is having to raise average selling prices (ASPs) despite weakening demand,” Kitagawa said.
“The reduction in the mix of PCs from Chromebooks, which tend to have low price points, and shift to premium products also helped increase the average ASP. However, an increase in inventory, especially in the consumer channel, could cause an ASP decline as vendors will try to lower inventory.”
In a separate report released this week, data and analytics firm Ampere Analysis forecasts that the global gaming content and services market will decline by 1.2% to $188 billion in 2022.
US consumers will spend $55.5 billion on video game hardware, content and accessories in 2022, down 8.7% from last year, according to market research firm NPD Group, which will release its latest monthly sales report on Friday.