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Apple posts record profit as quarterly PC shipments surge

Apple posts record profit as quarterly PC shipments surge

 


NEW YORK — Apple Inc. said its second-quarter PC shipments rose 21 percent, the biggest increase among global PC makers, part of a sign of an industry recovery that has brought the company two consecutive quarters of growth.

According to a report released July 9 by industry research firm IDC, global shipments of desktop and laptop computers increased 3% in the period through June compared to the same period last year.

Apple and Acer, with growth of about 14%, saw the largest increases in shipments among major manufacturers.

IDC group vice president Ryan Rees said two consecutive quarters of growth, combined with market excitement around artificial intelligence PCs and a less glamorous but arguably more significant commercial refresh cycle, likely was just what the PC market needed.

The PC industry has experienced a historic decline in recent years as consumers, businesses and schools bought new machines during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 and then refrained from replacing them.

Evercore ISI analyst Amit Daryanani said the results suggest a new buying cycle is underway.

Computer makers are touting AI PCs, a new type of device designed specifically to perform AI tasks, as helping to spark a new wave of upgrades: IDC says only about 3% of PCs shipped in 2024 will be AI-optimized.

Dell Technologies Inc.'s shipments fell 2.4% during the quarter, making it the only major company to post a decline, while Lenovo Group Inc. had the highest market share with nearly 23%.

HP's sales increased 1.8% year over year, making it the second largest PC manufacturer with a 21% market share.

Weak demand from China helped push global shipments outside the country up more than 5%, according to IDC. Bloomberg

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