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PCs had their best year since 2012, IDC says

A new report shows growth in global PC shipments.

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Lenovo took the top spot for PC shipments in 2021, says IDC.

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Global shipments of PCs in 2021 reached their highest numbers since 2012, according to a report out Wednesday from IDC

"2021 has truly been a return to form for the PC," Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC's Mobile and Consumer Device Trackers, said of the 348.8 million units that shipped last year. The report also highlighted that the total figure was up 14.8% from 2020

Ubrani cited factors like "consumer need for PCs in emerging markets and global commercial demand." The report also noted that shipments could've been even higher if not for issues like supply shortages.

Among the top companies for PC shipments in 2021 were Lenovo (in the top spot), followed by HP, Dell, Apple and Acer.