NZ PC market hit by 8.3 per cent decline

NZ PC market hit by 8.3 per cent decline

Shipments expected to fall by six per cent for entire year

The PC market in New Zealand has declined by 8.3 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, according to IDC.

The consumer market was hit particularly hard with shipments of PCs and notebooks falling by 12.4 per cent year-on-year, while the commercial market declined at a lesser rate of 4.8 per cent.

According to the research firm, high inventory across consumer and commercial notebooks led to a number of delays on unit shipments, fuelling the quarterly decline.

Within the commercial landscape, the decline was offset by a number of public sector projects, as New Zealand also saw the first growth for commercial desktops since the end of 2017.

However, declines for commercial notebooks and other segments meant weakening shipments year-on-year, IDC associate market analyst Liam Landon said.

“The commercial market continues to outperform the consumer market with strong use cases for businesses, whereas consumers are seeing use cases dwindle,” he added.

“Ultraslim and convertible notebooks will continue to take share from traditional notebooks in both market segments, although both the consumer and commercial markets are anticipated to decline with lengthening lifespans of devices as well as increased usage of smartphones.”

Out of the PC vendors, HP continues to dominate the market, followed by Acer and Apple respectively.

Although the market experienced growth towards the end of 2018, IDC claimed the New Zealand PC market will decline by a total of 6.1 per cent in 2019, raising its earlier 4.4 per cent forecast.

“Shortages on Intel processors should begin to alleviate; despite these reprieves, the market will continue to struggle”, added Landon.

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