The PC device market in the Middle East and Africa will decline in Q3 2022, but PC shipments remain stronger than before the pandemic

Dubai – The Middle East and Africa (MEA) personal computing devices (PCD) market, which is composed of desktops, notebooks, workstations and tablets, is expected to decline by 16.1% year-on-year in unit numbers in the third quarter of 2022 (Q3 2022), according to industry analysis by International Data Corporation (IDC). The latest from the global technology research and consulting firm Worldwide quarterly PCD tracker shows that in the third quarter of 2022, a total of 5.2 million units will be shipped across the region.

“The biggest declines are expected in South Africa and Egypt, where massive projects delivered in Q3 2021 are unlikely to be repeated in Q3 2022,” said Fouad Charakla, IDC’s associate research director for Middle East client devices. in Turkey and Africa. “In addition, consumer demand is expected to remain weak due to higher living costs, which has held back consumer spending on other commodities, including IT products. This is also expected to have a negative impact on businesses and reduce commercial demand for PCDs as well.”

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“Despite the projected declines for the overall MEA PCD market in Q3 2022, the region’s PC market is still performing much better than before the pandemic,” continued Charakla. “In fact, for full year 2022, IDC expects 14.6 million PC shipments to the region, and while this is down from 15.1 million units in 2021, it is significantly higher than the 11.5 million units shipped in the year were delivered in 2019. The market will contract slightly in 2023 and then recover from 2024. However, overall tablet shipments for 2022 will be significantly weaker than before the pandemic and will continue to weaken in subsequent years.”

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