FRAMINGHAM, Mass, March 21, 2018 – Worldwide monitor shipments totaled 31.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker.
"The fourth quarter of 2017 was a strong one for monitors, posting 2.5% year-over-year growth. The holiday season helped fuel the consumer sector, benefiting consumer-oriented companies like TPV, LG Electronics, and Samsung. Looking ahead, monitors are expected to decline at rates around 2% year over year from 2018 through 2022. However, 4Q17 proved better than forecast overall with all regions recording positive year-over-year growth," said Maura Fitzgerald, senior research analyst, Worldwide Trackers.
IDC currently forecasts 116 million PC monitor units will be shipped for full year 2018 and expects to see a year-over-year decline of 3.6% in worldwide shipments to 30.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018. By 2020, worldwide shipments are expected to be less than 112 million units as the adoption of mobile devices at lower price points is expected to continue.
Curved monitors continue to show steady growth with 4.6% market share in 4Q17. This represents year-over-year growth of 64.6%.
21.5-inch wide and 23.8-inch wide dominated the worldwide market with 22.6% and 12.4% market share respectively in 4Q17. Of the top 10 screen sizes, 23.8-inch wide and 27-inch wide saw the largest year-over-year growth, posting 57.2% and 28.7%, respectively, in 4Q17.
Monitors with TV tuners are expected to have 4.6% market share in 4Q18, down from 4.8% in 4Q17, led by LG and Samsung with a combined market share of 99.0% in this category.
Dell – Dell retained the top position in 4Q17 with worldwide market share of 19.3% on shipments of over 6 million units. The company posted strong year-over-year growth in Central & Eastern Europe (29.1%), Middle East & Africa (14.6%), and Latin America (13.3%). The largest growing screen sizes year over year included 23.6-inch wide and 34 inch wide.
HP – HP saw more than 4.6 million units shipped, resulting in 14.6% share in 4Q17. Substantial year-over-year unit increases were posted in Japan (33%) and Central & Eastern Europe (36.7%) which contributed to a total year-over-year increase of 7.3%.
TPV – TPV experienced year-over-year declines in Central & Eastern Europe (-4.7%), Japan (-8.3%) and Middle East & Africa (-5.9%). However significant gains were made in their best-selling region, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) with 5.1% year-over-year growth.
Lenovo – Lenovo maintained the number 4 position with strong year-over-year growth of 12.8% and more than 3.8 million units shipped. This was largely due to significant quarter-over-quarter growth in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (20.7%) and Western Europe (30.3%). In terms of screen size growth, 27-inch wide & 23.8-inch wide dominated with 487% & 309 % year-over-year growth, respectively.
LG Electronics – LGE rounded out the Top 5 in 4Q17 with 2.8 million units shipped. Despite a year-over-year decline of 1.7%, the company witnessed year-over-year gains in the United States, Japan, and Middle East & Africa.
Worldwide PC Monitor Unit Shipments, Market Share, and Year-over-Year Growth, Fourth Quarter 2017
4Q17 Unit Shipments
4Q17 Market Share
4Q16 Unit Shipments
4Q16 Market Share
2. HP Inc.
5. LG Electronics
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, March 2018
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