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Supply Challenges Dampen Growth in the PC Market, According to IDC

NEEDHAM, Mass. – Global shipments of Traditional PCs, inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations, reached 86.7 million units during the third quarter of 2021 (3Q21), up 3.9% from the prior year according to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. This marks the sixth consecutive quarter of growth for the PC market as the onset of the pandemic has led to a surge in demand while also contributing to component shortages and other supply challenges.

“The PC industry continues to be hampered by supply and logistical challenges and unfortunately these issues have not seen much improvement in recent months,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile and Consumer Device Trackers. “Given the current circumstances, we are seeing some vendors reprioritize shipments amongst various markets, allowing emerging markets to maintain growth momentum while some mature markets begin to slow.”

“Bottlenecked supply chains and ongoing logistic challenges led the U.S. PC market into its first quarter of annual shipment decline since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst, Devices and Displays at IDC. “After a year of accelerated buying driven by the shift to remote work and learning, there’s also been a comparative slowdown in PC spending and that has caused some softening of the U.S. PC market today. Yet, supply clearly remains behind demand in key segments with inventory still below normal levels.”

Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Traditional PC Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Q3 2021 (Preliminary results, shipments are in thousands of units)
Company 3Q21 Shipments 3Q21 Market Share 3Q20 Shipments 3Q20 Market Share 3Q21/3Q20


1. Lenovo 19,773 22.8% 19,176 23.0% 3.1%
2. HP Inc. 17,597 20.3% 18,690 22.4% -5.8%
3. Dell Technologies 15,183 17.5% 11,996 14.4% 26.6%
4. Apple 7,645 8.8% 6,959 8.3% 9.9%
5T. ASUS* 6,028 7.0% 5,816 7.0% 3.6%
5T. Acer Group* 5,982 6.9% 5,897 7.1% 1.4%
Others 14,443 16.7% 14,860 17.8% -2.8%
Total 86,652 100.0% 83,394 100.0% 3.9%
Source: IDC Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, October 11, 2021


*    IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide Traditional PC market when there is a difference of one tenth of one percent (0.1%) or less in the shipment shares among two or more vendors.

–    Some IDC estimates prior to financial earnings reports. Data for all companies are reported for calendar periods.

–    Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the company/brand under which they are sold.

–    Traditional PCs include Desktops, Notebooks, and Workstations and do not include Tablets or x86 Servers. Detachable Tablets and Slate Tablets are part of the Personal Computing Device Tracker but are not addressed in this press release.


IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker gathers detailed market data in over 90 countries. The research includes historical and forecast trend analysis among other data.

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