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Apple grows to 12 percent US share in worldwide PC slump

updated 07:00 pm EDT, Wed July 11, 2012

US PC sales drop 5-10 percent, worldwide down 0.1 percent

According to preliminary results from analysts at Gartner and IDC, worldwide PC shipments contracted by 0.1 percent, with the US driving the decrease. The latest report marks the seventh consecutive quarter of no or limited overall growth. HP tops the charts worldwide, but with a significant loss of marketshare from a year ago. Lenovo has scavenged from HP's loss, claiming the second-place spot in both the IDC and Gartner polls. Apple holds third place in the US, but did not rank in the top five worldwide. The charts include all desktop and laptop sales, but do not include enterprise servers or tablet-based computers.

According to Gartner, Acer comes in third with 11 percent of the worldwide market, an ascent from 10.6 percent since second quarter 2011. Dell claims the fourth spot with 10.7 percent globally, dropping from 12.1 percent. ASUS rounds out the top five at seven percent, up from five percent. Lenovo's growth is attributed to aggressive pricing, and expansion through acquisitions. Acer repaired its inventory issues, and was better able to handle demand for its products. Dell is attempting to transform itself to a service provider for professional markets.

In the United States, HP also dominates the charts at 25 percent of the market, dropping from 27 percent in second quarter 2011. Dell holds second place with 21.7 percent, down from 22.6 percent. Apple holds the only gain in the top five, climbing to 12 percent from 10.8 percent of the US market. Acer ascends over Toshiba for the fourth place position, though both have suffered declines (8.5 and 8.2 percent marketshare, respectively). Continued weakness in the US public market with tight budget situations in governmental and educational institutions kept the overall market from improving.

Though US sales were down, other regions posted small gains in shipments. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa totaled 25.1 million PC shipments in the second quarter of 2012, increasing 1.9 percent over the same period last year. The Asia/Pacific PC market grew two percent reaching 31.8 million units. The United States saw a staggering 5.7 percent drop in total PC sales, falling to 15.9 million units from 16.9 million.

IDC's worldwide numbers are similar to Gartner's. Worldwide, HP leads with a 15.5 percent market share and falling, with Lenovo climbing and coming in a close second at 14.9 percent. Dell retains third place with 11.1 percent. Acer and ASUS take fourth and fifth with 10.4 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively.

IDC's figures differ markedly from Gartner when reporting US marketshare and rankings. According to IDC, the US PC market contracted nearly twice what Gartner reported, with a 10.6 percent loss. HP also leads the US marketshare with 25.9 percent and falling, with Dell claiming second at 22.5 percent. Apple takes third, but saw a drop according to IDC's numbers from 10.3 percent to second quarter's 11.4 percent. Lenovo sees the only growth in the IDC's US chart climbing to eight percent from 6.7 percent. Acer claims fifth with a fall to 7.9 percent.

by MacNN Staff



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