PC sales stumble in Q4 amid CPU shortages, China trade war

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Just when the PC market found its footing the U.S. trade war with China and processor shortages put the kibosh on unit sales, according to stats from both IDC and Gartner.

IDC reported that shipments of traditional PCs came in at 68.1 million units in the fourth quarter, down 3.7 percent from a year ago. The fourth quarter decline was the largest since the third quarter of 2016. For the year, PC sales were down 0.4 percent, or roughly flat. 

According to IDC, vendors built inventory in the third quarter ahead of processor shortages and the trade war. The PC industry is driven by consumer demand in the fourth quarter, but a rocky stock market and volatility  hampered demand. Multiple


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