As consumers sheltered in place during the second quarter, they bought PCs by the ton. Both Gartner and IDC research firms reported big positive swings in PC and Chromebook sales for the second quarter. Gartner reported a 2.8 percent year-over-year increase, while IDC reported a whopping 11.2-percent boost for the same period.
The two firms have long differed in methodology: IDC includes Chromebook sales, and Gartner does not. Thatâ€™s significant, as U.S. consumers bought PCsÂ and Chromebooks as students and workers alike weathered the coronavirus. IDC reported unit sales of 21 million in United States, calling it a â€œdouble-digitâ€� increase (the firm did not release the exact figure).