Western Europe’s PC shipments — including Macs — fall significantly in quarter two

Western European PC shipments fell 18% in the second quarter of 2022.

Strong headwinds in both supply and demand during the second quarter (Q2) caused Western Europe’s PC shipments to suffer a second consecutive quarter of decline, according to new data from Canalys. And Apple’s Mac was significantly affected.

Total notebook and desktop shipments fell to 12.3 million units, an 18% year-on-year drop, notes the research group. Notebooks were hit hardest, with shipments down 26% year on year to 9.5 million units. Conversely, desktops fared much better, growing 22% year on year to 2.7 million units in Q2 2022 as increased commercial demand kept the category afloat. 

What’s more, the consumer-oriented tablet market was hit badly, shrinking 24% from last year to 5.9 million units, according to Canalys. The research group says significant supply chain disruption was the main reason for Q2’s drastic decrease, as key regions and cities in China were in lockdown for much of the quarter.

Lenovo remained Western Europe’s top choice for desktops and notebooks. Though its shipments fell 8% to 3.8 million units in Q2 2022, it was the best performing vendor in the top five and made a market share gain of more than three percentage points compared with a year ago. 

HP and Dell also suffered declines in Q2, falling 17% and 18% respectively. HP maintained a comfortable second place, shipping 3 million units against third-placed Dell’s 1.7 million. 

Apple endured the largest decline of the top five vendors, hurt by its premium price points and disruption to its Chinese manufacturing facilities, according to Canalys. It shipped just under 800,000 units in Q2, a 42% drop from last year. Acer moved up to fourth place for the first time since Q2 2021, though it also suffered a significant decline of 30%, shipping just over a million units. 

On the bright side for Apple, its iPad maintained a comfortable lead as Western Europe’s top tablet provider for the eighth consecutive quarter, even though its year-on-year shipments fell 20% to 2.2 million in Q2.

Samsung’s market share increased by an impressive four percentage points in Q2 as its total shipments hit 1.3 million units. Third-placed Lenovo and fifth-placed Huawei suffered the most in Q2 2022, down 38% and 56% respectively, while Amazon took fourth place with a relatively modest decline of 7%. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.