The PC market grows unexpectedly, thanks to tariff fears and the Windows 7 transition

The PC market benefited from a higher number of Intel processors and the Windows 7 transition to record a higher-than-anticipated 4.7 percent year-over-year growth, IDC said late Thursday. President Trump even contributed.

Overall, 64.858 million PCs were sold worldwide, IDC said, a 4.7 percent increase. A year ago, HP topped the list of worldwide vendors. For the second quarter, however, a whopping 18.2-percent increase in year-over-year sales propelled China’s Lenovo to the top of the list.

In part, that may be because tariff fears prompted PC vendors to stuff the channel, IDC said, selling laptops out of China before possible tariffs raised their prices. Otherwise, the two factors that contributed most were Intel’s ability to ship microprocessors once again without supply constraints, as well as the looming end of support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 in January 2020. That, IDC said, is spurring corporations to invest in new PC hardware. 

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