Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could stand to gain from the recent data disclosed by IDC on PC market shipment. The research firm revealed that first positive holiday quarter of PC shipment growth in six-year period. As these companies dependence on the PC market is well-know, the latest news could well serve as to what is to expect from these companies when they announce their results later this month.
During the December quarter, PC shipments gained 0.7 percent from the year-ago period. The results were well above the IDC forecast for a drop of 1.7 percent. While Microsoft and Intel could gain from the increased OS and chip deployment, HP has gained market share to 23.5 percent from 21.8 percent. This meant 8.3 percent year-on-year growth in shipments and led the PC shipments fortune. HP shipped 16.57 million units during the holiday season quarter.
Similarly, Apple recorded 7.3 percent expansion in its unit shipment to 5.770 million and gained market share to 8.2 percent from 7.7 percent in the previous year period. The technology bellwether was placed fourth in terms of market share in the PC market.
Though Lenovo is placed second with a market share of 22.2 percent, there was no growth in PC shipments and remained constant. As a result, the Chinese firm shed 0.2 percent market share. On the other hand, Dell’s market share remained stagnant at 15.7 percent as the company could extend its unit shipments in line with the overall trend, i.e. 0.7 percent only.
The IDC statement revealed, “The 4Q17 results further validate the view of a steadying, albeit still weak, traditional PC market, buoyed mainly by commercial upgrades and pockets of improving consumer PC demand. 2017 ended with an annual shipment volume of 259.5 million units, which represents a year-over-year decline of 0.2%. This makes 2017 the most stable year the market has seen since 2011.”