Apple has taken fifth spot in the PC market as the firm continues to grow its market share, but Lenovo remains the top dog in the industry. Overall, the PC market continued to shrink, but not quite as much as was feared.
Figures from IDC show that Apple grew its market share to 6.3 percent for the third quarter of 2014, up 0.6 percent from the same period last year. This came on the back of shipments of 4,982 million.
Lenovo, meanwhile, saw its market share increase by 2.3 percent to take a fifth of the market on 20 percent. This was driven by 15,707 million shipments.
Hot on its heels was HP which is second in the placings with a market share of 18.8 percent and shipments of 14,729 million. This was an increase of 5.1 percent on last year’s figure of 14,016.
Dell took third place with 13.3 percent of the market, and Acer was in fourth with 8.4 percent.
Total shipments reached 78,519 million, a slight decline of 1.7 percent from 79,905 million last year. This was a better performance than IDC’s prediction of a 4.1 percent decline.
Despite this better-than-expected performance, Jay Chou, senior research analyst for IDC’s Worldwide PC tracker division, said the figures again posed questions about the future sustainability of the PC market.
“The third quarter has historically been driven by back-to-school sales and renewed business purchasing, which were weaker than normal this year," he said.
"The current growth of lower-priced systems, while encouraging in the short run, brings concern for the long-term viability of vendors to adequately remain in the PC space."
Such comments will be on the minds of those at HP Inc, the new division that is to be spun out of HP, that will focus on its hardware portfolios, comprising laptops, desktops, tablets and printers.
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