Apple U.S. market share hits 5 percent

Fueled by a 30 percent year-over-year growth rate Apple shipments hit 741,000 units in the first quarter, up from 570,000 units from a year ago. And according to Gartner, that tally equates to 5 percent market share in the U.

Fueled by a 30 percent year-over-year growth rate Apple shipments hit 741,000 units in the first quarter, up from 570,000 units from a year ago.

And according to Gartner, that tally equates to 5 percent market share in the U.S. PC market, up a percentage point from this

time a year ago.

As far as growth goes, Apple grew the fastest of the U.S. PC makers in shipments with a 30 percent growth rate (Techmeme). Toshiba grew at a 26.8 percent clip in shipments with Hewlett-Packard delivering growth of 25.8 percent. Toshiba and Apple, however, are working off of much smaller bases.

Dell had a rough time in the first quarter as market share plunged from 33.9 percent to 27.9 percent. Shipment growth for Dell was down 15.5 percent.  First quarter market share stats are at left.

Globally, HP was top dog with market share of 17.6 percent, followed by Dell at 13.9 percent. Acer had 6.8 market share followed by Lenovo at 6.3 percent. 

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