PC sales in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region fell sharply in the second quarter of the year, due to the military conflict in Ukraine, analysts from Gartner.
In the April-June 2022 period, manufacturers shipped a total of 17.8 million laptops and desktops in EMEA, down 18% compared to the same period in 2021, the report said.
“Market volume has seriously shrunk after two years of strong growth caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recovery of interest in PCs in general by consumers and the education sector,” commented Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner.
According to him, the suspension of PC shipments to Russia by manufacturers has had a negative impact on the entire PC market, as Russia accounts for about 5-10% of PC shipments in the EMEA region.
The survey also noted a 20 percent drop in laptop sales in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. Shipments of Chrome OS notebooks have fallen even more, by more than 50%. This is a result of weak consumer demand in many EMEA countries, where residents face rising fuel and electricity prices.
High inflation will have a negative impact on the purchasing power of people in EMEA in the second half of 2022 and possibly in the first half of 2023, analysts forecast.