Nvidia, Apple, Microsoft And Others Set To Lose As Gartner Predicts Demand Softness For Smartphones, PCs In 2022

  • China's economic slowdown and inflation-led drop in consumer spending will likely weigh on the global shipments of computers and smartphones in 2022, as per a Reuters story citing research firm Gartner.
  • Earlier this month, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc AMD warned against a slowdown in the PC market after two solid years. Analysts expected the chipmaker to gain market share amid odds.
  • Shipments to China, the leading smartphone market, will likely shrink by 18% due to the COVID-19 curbs that halted activity in key economic hubs, including Shanghai.
  • Gartner sees a 7% decline in global smartphone shipments (higher than the previous estimate of 2.2%), reflecting the impact of the supply chain crisis and the Russia-Ukraine conflict on demand.
  • Gartner expects global computer shipments to drop 9.5% in 2022. 
  • Lenovo Group Ltd LNVGYHP Inc HPQ, and Dell Technologies Inc DELL feature among the top three PC makers.
  • The demand softness will weigh on companies ranging from Nvidia Corp NVDA to Apple Inc AAPL and Microsoft Corp MSFT, likely to report second-quarter earnings starting July.
  • The smartphone and PC market immensely gained from the pandemic, which forced the world to stay home and work, study, shop, and pursue recreational activities online.
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