Middle East & Africa Personal Computing Devices Market to Decline in Q3 2022, But PC Shipments Remain Stronger than Pre-Pandemic Levels

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) personal computing devices (PCD) market, which is made up of desktops, notebooks, workstations, and tablets, is expected to decline 16.1% year on year in unit terms for the third quarter of 2022 (Q3 2022), according to industry analysis conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC).

The global technology research and consulting firm’s latest Worldwide Quarterly PCD Tracker shows that a total of 5.2 million units will be shipped across the region in Q3 2022.

“The biggest declines are expected in South Africa and Egypt, where massive projects delivered in Q3 2021 are not expected to repeat in Q3 2022,” says Fouad Charakla, IDC’s associate research director for client devices in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa. “Additionally, consumer demand is expected to remain weak due to higher costs of living, which have inhibited consumer spending on other commodities, including IT products. This is expected to have a negative ripple effect on businesses as well, driving down commercial demand for PCDs as well.”

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“Despite the declines that are forecast for the overall MEA PCD market in Q3 2022, the region’s PC market is still performing much better than it did prior to the pandemic,” continues Charakla. “Indeed, IDC expects PC shipments into the region to total 14.6 million units for 2022 as a whole, and while this is down from 15.1 million units in 2021, it is up considerably on the 11.5 million units that were shipped in 2019. The market will contract slightly in 2023 and then start to recover again from 2024 onwards. However, tablet shipments for 2022 overall will be significantly weaker than pre-pandemic levels and will continue to weaken over the subsequent years.”

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