In the US PC market, shipments declined 0.4% compared with the third quarter of 2017, according to Gartner. While desktop shipments were flat, mobile PC shipments slightly declined compared with a year ago. The major driver of the market continued to be business PC demand. Principal analyst Mikako Kitigawa commented:
“The third-quarter results confirmed the continuous shift to Chromebooks among US K-12 educational institutions. While PCs are still the main device for higher education students, most students already have PCs before they head off to college, so there is limited demand. Chromebooks experienced double-digit growth in the US, but they are not included in the statistics”.
HP remained the market leader in the US with 30.7% of the market. Despite experiencing a decline of 0.8%, Dell remained in the number-two position. Dell may have been impacted by the weakness in mobile PC demand in the US due to its specific target of the high-end consumer market, including gaming.