The worldwide PC market had its best quarter in more than six years in Q2 2018, according to IDC.
Shipments of desktops, notebooks and workstations totalled 62.3 million units, a growth of 2.7%, the highest rate since Q1 2012.
IDC said that although a weak second quarter in 2017 due to component issues inflated the Q2 2018 results, the results still bucked the trend of the previous three quarters. The analyst company said that business volume appeared to be the key driver with the top three companies reaping benefits across both desktop and notebook. Moreover, the market continued to grow for both premium as well as entry models. Chrome OS-based devices, premium notebooks, and gaming PCs all further fuelled the mix in the wake of improved supply and prices of graphic cards.
In EMEA region, device renewals in the commercial space led modest PC growth, with desktops still driving the overall performance of the market.
IDC added that the worldwide recovery was mainly confined to the top five vendors - HP, Lenovo, Dell, Apple and Acer - who hold 78% of the overall market, and grew over 7% collectively. IDC attributed this to scale, be it in the form of purchasing power to reduce costs, obtain scarce components, or channel reach.
"Although traditional PCs may not be the default device for many usage scenarios, the market continues to show pockets of resiliency as PC usage experience evolves and improves," said Jay Chou, research manager with IDC's Personal Computing Device Tracker. "Even certain types of desktops are seeing growth amid this business-driven refresh cycle."
"Results for the first half of 2018 have been encouraging for the US PC market despite market challenges that surfaced including expected slowdown of Chromebooks amid production inhibitors," said Neha Mahajan, senior research analyst, Devices & Displays. "And with sentiment looking improved for the second half of the year, the US could deliver a strong market performance for the year."