HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

PC market share data takes on a little more importance as HP evaluates whether to spin off its personal systems unit. Lenovo and Apple surge.

HP remained the top dog in PC market share, but Lenovo vaulted to No. 2 as it continues to gain momentum in a slowing demand environment, according to data from both IDC and Gartner.

In the third quarter, PC shipments were up 3.2 percent from a year ago, according to Gartner. IDC put the gains at 3.6 percent. The third quarter unit shipments were up a bit from the second quarter.

HP's global market share was 17.7 percent in the third quarter based on Gartner data. IDC put HP's market share at 18.1 percent. In the U.S., HP had 28.6 percent of the market followed by Dell at 21.9 percent and Apple at 11.3 percent, according to IDC.

In other words, HP, Lenovo and Apple were showing the most momentum. Lenovo got a bump via a joint venture with NEC. Media tablets and smartphones have taken some thunder from PC sales, said Gartner. The PC market share data takes on a little more importance as HP evaluates whether to spin off its personal systems unit.

Here's a look at the standings from Gartner and IDC.

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