For the year as a whole, PC shipments came to 269.7 million units, a 6.2 percent fall from 2015 and the fifth consecutive year of global decline.
"The broad PC market has been static as technology improvements have not been sufficient to drive real market growth", indicated Kitagawa.
Kitagawa declined to make a specific forecast for 2017, only to say that the growth areas, such as gaming, business users and enthusiasts, "will not prevent the overall decline of the PC market, at least in the next year".
Unlike Gartner, IDC claim that HP saw significant growth despite the overall market contraction. Analysts highlight how the most growth has been in sectors of innovation, while stagnation in others has given consumers few reasons to upgrade. That being said, this is what stabilization starts looking like when you consider how many consumers globally have never bought a personal computing device larger than a smartphone or small tablet.
Dell Technologies was third with over 40.7 million PC shipments during 2015, which was up 4.3% from 2015. HP was a stone's throw away, shipping 15.3 million, representing growth of 6.6% over the same quarter previous year, as HP's share of the market grew to 21.7%. 269.7 million PCs is still a huge number of computers, but wiping out almost 100 million unit shipments in just five years isn't good for any market.
HP was a close second with 21.7% market share in Q4.
Lenovo's PC shipments totaled 15.7 million, growing by 1.7 percent, maintaining a 22.4 percent market share.
Gartner's shipments data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. HP secured the top position in PC shipments in the US and EMEA, growing faster than the regional averages. Interestingly, Apple is only a percentage point behind Lenovo in terms of market share and if the company revamps and seriously updates it PC offerings (expected throughout 2017), it shouldn't be too hard for Apple to climb up the pole to third place by the time the 2017 Holiday quarter is over. The remaining vendors saw a decline.
Principal analyst at Gartner, Mikako Kitagawa, said that generally weak holiday sales in the most recent fiscal 2016 fourth quarter were due to fundamental changes in PC buying behavior.
The top three PC vendors - Lenovo, HP and Dell - accounted for 59.8% of total PC shipments in Q4, compared with 56% in Q4 2015. According to Gartner, Asus' US shipments fell a staggering 48% in Q4 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.