updated 03:25 am EDT, Tue July 19, 2005
Apple grows in Q2
Apple's worldwide PC sales in the second quarter and its US marketshare grew by more than 20 percent from the year-ago quarter, according to a Reuters report: Apple's share of the U.S. PC market grew during the second quarter to 4.5 percent--up from 3.7 percent a year ago. Apple's global unit shipments rose more than 37 percent, more than twice the 16.6 percent growth of the overall PC industry. IDC said Apple's growth was helped by sales of the Mac mini and its iPod music player. The article also notes that Gateway's US marketshare grew at a slightly slower rate of 17 percent, as it captured 6 percent of the market in the US--up from 5.3 percent a year ago.
Dell was the No. 1 vendor worldwide again during the quarter with nearly 9 million units shipped (up 24 percent from the year-ago quarter for a 19.3 percent global marketshare), while HP was No. 2 with 7.25 million units shipped (up 16 percent from the same quarter last year for a 15.6 percent global marketshare); Lenova shipped just over 3.5 million units to become the No. 3 vendor for 7.6 percent of the global marketshare.
IDC said that overall global PC shipments in the second quarter jumped a better-than-expected 16.6 percent, despite concerns of rising interest rates, oil prices and efforts to manage the Chinese economy. IDC also said that year-over-year growth in the US in second quarter--driven by strong consumer and public sector spending--bounced back "from a first quarter that was hampered by slow public sector spending and a difficult comparison to a year ago. Worldwide shipments of PCs rose to 46.6 million, up 16.6 percent from the year ago and driven by demand for notebook PCs and price cuts on desktop PCs, according to IDC.