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PC sales surge during the pandemic as people resort to working from home, online learning

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Research firm IDC reported that there had been a surge in PC sales this Q2 of 2020.

This is after a sharp decline in PC shipments in the first quarter, as manufacturing facilities and computer stores was slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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But in Q2, as the tensions start to ease, the PC marketplace is slowly getting back to normal. Computer production is ramping up to keep up with the demand, traditional retailers are resorting to remote ways to sell computers, and logistics are slowly going back to normal. And as per IDC, the second quarter of 2020 ended well for the PC market.

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Computer products, which consist of laptops, desktops, and other workstations, sold over 72 million units last quarter. That’s a growth of 11.2% year-on-year compared to the same quarter last year.

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HP Inc., being one of the household names in the market, shipped over 18,000,000 computers during the second quarter, taking 25% of the market share. It’s followed by Lenovo and Dell with 24.1% and 16.6%, respectively.

There was a huge gap between the third and fourth placer, Apple, who sold over 5.5 million Macs last quarter, eating 7.7% of the market.

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As everyone is forced to isolation, more people are buying computers to work from home. Most countries are also prohibiting the opening of schools, thus forcing their educational institutions to resort to online learning and classes.

There was a time when the PC market became stale, until PC gaming hit mainstream, and now, working from home and online schooling.

We’ll see how these numbers hold up as we are expected to go deeper in global recession.

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