According to initial estimates and forecasts, the total block caused by coronavirus will not create major problems for the computer sector as is happening for other products and sectors: in the first quarter, sales of laptops and tablets in Europe recorded an increase of around 30% due to the increased demand for the blockade from Covid-19.
The latest IDC report does not indicate numbers and percentages, but according to the analysis and market research company, the increase in sales of Covid-19 emergency laptops and tablets in Europe increased by about a third, therefore with an approximate percentage of 33%. The boom is driven by the boom in requests from companies, but also from private users, workers and students, who have equipped themselves to be able to work and study from home.
The growth could have been even higher because the lack of supplies and shipments from China reduced deliveries by between 15-20%: 90% of laptops and tablets imported into Europe are built in the Dragon Country. In particular, the jump in sales of laptops and tablets seen in Central and Eastern Europe, as states put in place blocks and restrictions for Covid-19.
The increase in demand in the first quarter is unlikely to continue in the second quarter. In China most of the manufacturers and assemblers returned to operation, but problems for the supply chain and logistics will continue, also due to the closures of the borders of the European states. For all these reasons, delivery times are expected to be delayed. In addition, as the restrictive measures continue, many companies and individuals will prefer to suspend purchases and retain liquidity.
As anticipated, the new IDC preliminary report does not indicate numbers and percentages, much less divided by manufacturer. To know the details, wait for new reports and, in the case of Apple, the presentation of the quarterly results that will be announced on April 30: in the period under review Cupertino launched both the new iPad Pro 2020 and MacBook Air 2020 with Intel 10th generation processors , new keyboard with scissor mechanism, more SSD storage space at a slightly lower price.
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