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Dell PC unit shipments worldwide 2011-2020, by quarter

Dell Technologies’ personal computer shipments in the third quarter of 2020 amounted to 10.83 million units out of a worldwide total of just over 71 million units. Dell is the number three PC vendor in the world, behind Lenovo and HP Inc.

Consistency in a shrinking market

For the past decade, Dell has managed to keep their PC unit sales steady at around 10 million units per quarter. Since reaching a high of more than 360 million units shipped in 2011, the PC market has declined every year. However, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought about a resurgence to the PC market, supported by a growing number of people working from home.

Rising to cloud-based solutions

As the market is undergoing a continuing fundamental shift from on-premise hardware to cloud solutions, Dell has started to adapt its business to the shift. The company has for example advanced its efforts in cloud infrastructure solutions to simplify hybrid cloud settings. This is done through endeavors such as its company VMware, a cloud computing and software virtualization company, and the data storage and infrastructure company EMC, which Dell bought in a considerable acquisition in 2015.

Dell's personal computer shipments (desk-based/mobile PCs) from 2011 to 2020, by quarter

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Release date

October 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2020

Special properties

Includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads

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