Shipments of traditional PCs (a combination of desktops, notebooks, and workstations) in EMEA is expected to total 72,2-million in 2020, a 1% year on year (YoY) decline.

The remaining Windows 10 transitions will continue to drive demand in the commercial space, but ongoing stagnation in the consumer market along with negative supply chain ramifications will keep the PC market in negative territory, according to IDC.

The first half of 2020 will fare stronger than the latter, with overall growth of 1,6% YoY expected for 1Q20 and a flat performance in 2Q20.

“Intel CPU shortages as well as supply chain concerns stemming from the coronavirus outbreak will impact the Western European PC market in 1H20,” says Helena Ferreira, research analyst at IDC Western European Personal Computing Devices. “Notebooks will be particularly vulnerable to the supply constraints due to the high concentration of manufacturing that occurs in the affected areas of mainland China.”

Nevertheless, healthy levels of inventory along with the prioritisation of Windows 10 transition deals mean that the strong demand in the public and SMB space should largely be met through 1H20. Commercial appetite for desktops has also proven to be stronger than anticipated, particularly for those with smaller form factors, helping to drive overall commercial growth in the first three quarters of 2020.

The consumer outlook remains soft and growth is not expected until 4Q20. Desktops will continue to lose share to their more mobile counterparts, with the decline compounded by their comparatively lengthy product life cycles and the anticipated gradual slowdown in demand for gaming.

Despite the notebook category gaining share in the market, particularly those with thin and light form factors, economic and political turbulence in some key geographies will negatively impact overall consumer demand and limit notebook growth to around 1% YoY in both quarters of 1H20.

Despite the impact of the novel coronavirus, which has resulted in the temporary closure of some factories and manufacturing plants in China, both the CEE and MEA regions have only slightly revised down the overall PC market for the first half of 2020 forecast compared with the previous forecast.

However, the impact of a possible supply shortage could easily result in an increase in sales price. The overall CEE region forecast for PCs is expected to maintain the same volume in 1Q20 as in the previous year, but to decline by 2,7% YoY for the full year 2020.

“The commercial space is expected to remain relatively strong in the first half of 2020 thanks to a few large deals in the public sector, but the consumer space will remain inhibited by a lack of demand, longer PC life cycles, and a lack of inventories at the end of 2019 in key countries,” says Nikolina Jurisic, program manager: CEMA at IDC.

“For MEA the overall PC market is expected to decline by 0,7% in 1Q20, with the year ending at -1,1% YoY, as not even the commercial segment will be able to absorb the weak consumer demand.”