Canalys says supply chain woes meant fewer PCs shipped in Q1 despite huge demand

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Research firm Canalys has released its quarterly estimates on global PC shipments for Q1, and despite a surge in demand, “severe delays in production and logistical issues,” meant an 8 percent drop in shipments year-over-year. Both the demand and the delays are related to the coronavirus pandemic; while many people are working remotely and students are engaged in distance learning because of stay-at-home directives, disruptions to the supply chain, especially in China, meant shipments of computers were delayed.

In Q1 2020, vendors shipped 53.7 million units, Canalys found. The new data estimates Lenovo led the PC market, with 12.8 million units shipped in Q1, a 4.4 percent year-over-year decline. HP shipped 11.7 million units, or 13.8…

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