Computers and peripherals sales will continue to be higher in 2021 than they were prior to the pandemic, despite registering a negative growth rate compared with a year earlier. This is due to seeing one of the strongest growth rates in 2020 in a decade for most of the product categories, including laptops, monitors, tablets and printers, so that the performance in 2021 has to be viewed in light of the dynamic growth in 2020.
Due to the heightened demand and pandemic-related disruptions to manufacturing, the electronics industry has faced supply chain issues in 2020 and in 2021, which have been affecting the UK computers and peripherals category. The increasing costs for manufacturers were caused by increasing prices for containers and raw materials.
Apple will remain the leading player in 2021 in the UK, holding an 18% share in the overall category. In 2021, Apple has released a new desktop version, iMac, with its own home-made processors, thus switching from using the ones by Intel.
In 2020, sales of printers increased, as many people started working from home and rushed to purchase home office equipment. This was the first positive growth after more than a decade of continuous volume declines.
Besides seeing consumers setting up their in-home workspaces in 2020 and 2021, COVID-19-related lockdowns also drove greater demand for video games, with video games software seeing the strongest growth in a decade in the UK. The need to keep entertained at home and limited options for away-from-home entertainment fuelled growth for gaming-related consumer electronics, including gaming laptops, desktops and monitors.
Tablets enjoyed strong double-digit volume growth in 2020 as consumers wanted to entertain themselves and their families during home seclusion. Sales will still remain above 2019 levels in the UK in 2021, as restrictions continued for part of the year.
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