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Traditional PCs Seeing Double-Digit Growth Despite Component Shortages

Despite electronic component shortages caused by the public policy response to the pandemic, traditional PCs (notebooks, desktops and workstations) saw 13.2% year-over-year growth in the second quarter of 2021. However, largely owing to shortages, desktops grew at a higher rate than notebooks, according to a preliminary report from market research firm IDC.

The growth in the second quarter was, however, much less substantial than the previous two quarters (55.9% in the first quarter of the year and 25.8% in the fourth quarter of last year).

"The market faces mixed signals as far as demand is concerned," said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst with IDC’s Devices and Displays Group, in a prepared statement. "With businesses opening back up, demand potential in the commercial segment appears promising. However, there are also early indicators of consumer demand slowing down as people shift spending priorities after nearly a year of aggressive PC buying."

Lenovo was the top manufacturer in the second quarter, with 20 million units shipped. HP came in second at 18.6 million, followed by Dell (13.98 million), Apple (6.16 million) and Acer (6.09 million).

Complete details can be found in IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker.

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