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Canalys: Global PC shipments up 12.7pc YoY

Paul Lipscombe
October 12, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has enforced continued remote working for a large of workforces 

The global PC market grew 12.7 per cent year-on-year during Q3 according to Canalys’ latest data.

This represents the highest growth in the market in the last 10 years, as 79.2 million units were shipped.

Demand has continued to increase as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many businesses and its workers to work remotely.

Shipments of notebooks and mobile workstations grew 28.3 per cent year-on-year. However desktop and desktop workstations dropped 26 per cent during the same quarter.


Lenovo edged out HP for top spot with 24.3 per cent market share as the vendor grew by 11.4 per cent YoY. Lenovo shipped 19.2 million units during the third quarter.

HP posted similar growth, as market share hit 23.6 per cent, as it shipped 18.6 million units.

Dell held third spot despite a 0.5 per cent drop YoY, as Apple and Acer rounded off the top five.

Canalys research director Rushabh Doshi said: “The lasting effects of this pandemic on the way people work, learn and collaborate will create significant opportunities for PC vendors in the coming years.

“As the line between work and home lives is increasingly blurred, it becomes important to position devices towards a wide array of use cases, with a focus on mobility, connectivity, battery life, and display and audio quality. Differentiation in product portfolios to capture key segments such as education and mainstream gaming will also provide pockets of growth.”

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