Global PC Demand Soars by Most Since Dot Com Boom

The global shortage of semiconductor chips will likely not be alleviated anytime soon, especially since the demand for PCs continues to remain historically high amid the pandemic.

The covid-19 pandemic sparked an unprecedented demand for new computers, as lockdowns and stay-at-home orders forced millions of people work from home. As a result, global shipments of PCs skyrocketed 32% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to year-ago levels, according to research firm Gartner. It is estimated that a total of 69.9 million desktops and laptops were shipped globally in the first three months of the year, and with respect to the month’s growth rate, computer shipments to vendors and retailers soared to the highest level since the dot-com boom of 2000.

At the onset of the pandemic, PC shipments plummeted before swiftly accelerating within months, after businesses around the globe switched to remote work environments for their employees. Prior to the pandemic, global computer shipments were declining, and it was only during the pandemic did they reach their highest level in over five years.

The latest report also suggests that the sudden shift to remote work may be here to stay for the long run. Although an end to the pandemic seems uncertain in the foreseeable future, PC shipments continues to rise, implying that the pandemic may have forever changed how some people work.

At the same time, the increase in PC demand will also push the demand for chips and other computer components to new highs. This could lead to lower computer shipments and even a rise in prices, amid a worsening worldwide semiconductor shortage.


Information for this briefing was found via Gartner. Thee author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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