Even in a year when Dell Technologies was distracted by its $58 billion merger with data storage giant EMC Corp. the Round Rock-based company managed to grow its market share in PC shipments.
According to quarterly reports released Wednesday by two tech industry research firms, Dell shipped about 40 million PCs last year, which is at least a 2 percent increase from the year before.
This was no easy feat in a year when the overall PC market is in a slump. Worldwide PC shipments declined by about 6 percent, according to the research firms.
Dell reached three consecutive quarters of shipment growth in the fourth quarter, noted Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa. “Dell continued to place PCs as a strategic business segment in commercial and consumer markets during 2016,” she said.
Dell is the third-biggest PC maker in 2016 in terms of overall market share, trailing Lenovo and HP Inc. Although Dell has diversified beyond PCs into storage, servers and other IT products and services, PCs are still an important part of the company’s revenue stream and product portfolio.
Tech research firm IDC says Dell’s shipments grew by 4.3 percent from the previous year to 40.7 million.
But rival research firm Gartner estimates Dell’s shipments grew by 2.6 percent to 39.4 million.
Gartner believes Dell is the only PC maker to grow its shipments year-over-year, besting competitors such as Lenovo and HP Inc.
PC sales have been in a slump for years, due to lack of innovation and the popularity of smartphones.
"Consumers in this segment have high dependency on smartphones, so they stretch PC life cycles longer,” Kitagawa said.
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