updated 10:15 am EDT, Thu October 19, 2006
Apple, 6.1% U.S. PC share
Apple currently holds 6.1 percent of the U.S. PC market, making the company the fourth most popular PC maker in the country. Gartner today released data suggesting that sales of Macs over the last year have grown faster than any other major PC manufacturer in the country, following the company's assertion in its quarterly conference call that its September quarter Mac shipments grew 30 percent over the prior year--more than three times IBC's latest published market growth projections for the quarter. However, Apple failed to place in the top five PC manufacturers worldwide (and thus data was not available). According to Gartner, Apple shipped 975,000 Macs, just 38,000 CPUs behind third place maker, Gateway, and ahead of its 744,000 units in the same quarter a year ago. The company saw its marketshare surge by 32.3 percent to 6.1 of the US market. [updated]
HP regained the number one position for global PC market share, while Dell shipments fell 7.1 percent in the U.S. to 32.1 percent--still allowing Dell to retain its no. 1 position in the country. HP market share in the U.S. grew from 21.2 percent to 23 percent, bringing the global PC sales leader into second place in the U.S. behind Dell. Gateway follows HP with 6.4 percent share in the U.S., and Toshiba trails Apple with 5.1 percent market share.
HP holds 16.3 percent of global PC shipments. Dell follows HP with 16.1 percent, while Lenovo lays claim to 7.5 percent of the global PC market. Acer boasts 5.9 percent share worldwide, compared to Toshiba's 4.3 percent, rounding out the top five global PC leaders, according to AppleInsider.
Gartner said worldwide PC shipments totaled 59.1 million units in the third quarter of 2006, resulting in a 6.7 percent increase over last year's same period. Interestingly, the U.S. PC market realized a year-over-year decline of 2 percent, marking the first decline in PC shipments since the second quarter of 2002.