The global PC market grew by almost 13% in the third quarter, according to Canalys, marking the biggest surge in sales in the last decade.
According to the analyst firm’s estimates, shipments of PC and laptop devices reached 79.2 million units during the quarter, an increase of 12.7%, as sales “continued to benefit hugely from the COVID-19 crisis”.
Laptops accounted for the majority fo these sales, with 64 million units shipped during the third quarter as employees continue to work from home. Laptop and mobile workstation shipments also saw sales increased by 28.3% year over year, though desktop and desktop workstations saw a 26% decline in shipments.
“Vendors, the supply chain, and the channel have now had time to find their feet and allocate resources towards supplying notebooks, which continue to see massive demand from both businesses and consumers,” commented Canalys analyst Ishan Dutt .
Lenovo regained the top stop in the market during the third quarter, with 11.4% growth and shipments reaching more than 19 million. HP ranked second, with growth of 23.6% and shipments totalling 18.7 million, while Dell earned the number three spot despite a 0.5% drop in shipments compared to last year.
Apple and Acer claimed the fourth and fifth spots with growth of 13.2% and 15%, respectively.
Canalys says it expects the pandemic to have “lasting effects” on the way people work and learn beyond the pandemic as companies continues to to invest in longer-term transitions to remote working, adding that IT expenditure, including investment in PCs, will likely be a core driver of economic recoveries in the aftermath of the pandemic.
“The lasting effects of this pandemic on the way people work, learn and collaborate will create significant opportunities for PC vendors in the coming years,” said Rushabh Doshi, Canalys Research Director. “As the line between work and home lives is increasingly blurred, it becomes important to position devices towards a wide array of use cases, with a focus on mobility, connectivity, battery life, and display and audio quality.”
Just yesterday it was revealed that Microsoft will allow employees to work from home permanently, following in the footsteps of Twitter and Square.