Asia Pacific PC Shipments Declined in 4Q 2015, Trend to Continue into 2016
Gartner recently released the shipment statistics for PCs in the Asia Pacific market. It shows that although the PC market reached 26 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, it is actually a 1.5-percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2014.
The decline is in line with worldwide PC shipments, which totaled at 75.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, but a smaller decline at 8.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2014. In total, for the year 2015, PC shipments totaled 288.7 million units, an eight-percent decline from 2014.
“The fourth quarter of 2015 marked the fifth consecutive quarter of worldwide PC shipment decline. Holiday sales did not boost the overall PC shipments, hinting at changes to consumers’ PC purchase behavior. On the business side, Windows 10 generally received positive reviews, but as expected, Windows 10 migration was minor in the fourth quarter as many organizations were just starting their testing period. All regions registered a decrease in shipments. Currency devaluation issues continued to impact EMEA, Latin America and Japan. Collectively EMEA, Japan and Latin America saw their markets reduced by nearly 10 percent in 2015,” said Mikako Kitagawa, Principal Analyst, Gartner.
As for 2016, Gartner’s outlook points towards a decline of one percent compared with 2015, with the potential for a soft recovery in late 2016. This prediction is based on the fact that the PC market is still in the middle of structural change that will reduce the PC install base in the coming years.