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

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

Summary: 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.

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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.

Topics: Hardware, CXO, Hewlett-Packard, IT Priorities, Lenovo

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  • Hmm....

    Despite Apple being the US media's darling showcase company, the rest of the world isn't as enamored by them.
    Joe_Raby
    • Isn't as enamored means the world is still enamored just

      @Joe_Raby... not as much. So yeah I agree but it's not strange considering Apple is a US company and all:P

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • tell that to the Chinese...

      @Joe_Raby

      They can't buy Apple products fast enough. Apple's probably the only company that can say that every single phone and tablet they manufacture (iPhone, iPad) is bought immediately.

      Once they start distributing through worldwide channels like the other PC companies, they'll be adopted at a faster pace, just like here in the US.

      I find it amazing, that some colleges, that just six years ago wouldn't support macs and made their poor students by Dell's, now have over 70% of their students bringing macbooks to school. What an absolutely amazing turnaround for a company that was predicted to shutdown around 1996.

      It took time, but people now understand that Windows is not the defacto standard; its the piece of crap they've been forced to use at work, and there's a whole, beautiful piece of sunshine in their life called Apple that breaks the bonds of Microsoft the predatory monopolist.

      Aaahhhh, I could wax poetic about Apple all day!
      ShazAmerica
      • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

        @ShazAmerica,<br>I agree with you regarding Apple success in recent years. But say that Windows is a piece of crap being forced at workplace is nonsense. If you have been involved on a large IT environment, you will understand why most business and enterprises choose Windows and hardware from Lenovo and HP over Apple offerings.
        BTW, where comes the stat of 70% of students bringing Macs to schools?
        dvm
      • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

        @ShazAmerica "Apple's probably the only company that can say that every single phone and tablet they manufacture (iPhone, iPad) is bought immediately"

        That's because they are great at marketing and have you fooled.
        jhughesy
      • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

        @ShazAmerica
        Turnaround? Yes, thanks to iPods, iPhones and iPads, not Macs. Despite all the hype and insane marketing majority of users still don't buy Macs. At 1996 Apple was close to going bancrupt, but since then their market share in computer market hasn't actualy grown much, if at all.

        That's because despite what you claim Windows is de facto standard. It has by far the best software and hardware support. Even in US the difference is obvious and in other countries, where Apple often has like 1% market share nobody serious is going to bother making OSX versions of their software and writing OSX drivers for their hardware.
        People choose Windows simply because it's more supported and offers far bigger choice (in both hardware and software). Simple as that.

        APple is media darling right now, but if all the success they are having with iOS can't make Macs break into first league market-share wise then it will never happen.
        AdrianWerner
      • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

        @ShazAmerica
        I wouldn't expect my company or any other for that matter to just switch to Mac.
        Despite my conversion at home to an all Mac platform, since 2008, at work there's just too much Windows only software that couldn't justify such a switch. (software like TOAD for Oracle, SQL Server management studio etc.)
        I would appreciate however that at the office we move away from Windows XP and go onto 7, but as with many large corporations, change is very slow.
        Bottom line, enjoy your favorite platform at home and don't sweat the details.
        MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
      • dvm, we have found that ShazAmerica has never found a fact

        @ShazAmerica <br>that he could not make up.<br><br>He has shown that he is not in the technology sector, as he is constantlly incorrect, and once corrected, still continues to say much of the same things that make him look foolish.<br><br>
        Tim Cook
      • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

        @AdrianWerner - Jobs returned in 1996. With the exception of 2001, Apple turned a profit every year (few businesses turned a profit in 2001 though). It wasn't until 2005 that Apple's explosive profit growth hit, which happens to coincide with the iPod gaining USB connectivity and a Windows version of iTunes being released.

        iPod and iOS devices didn't save or turn Apple around, the Mac did. iOS devices only put icing on the cake for a couple of years, until they became more easily Windows compatible.
        Champ_Kind
  • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

    Mac's slight boost recently is due to iOS, not due to OSX at all. Some people have started looking at Mac because they like iOS devices, not because the devices are inherently somehow superior. But, those numbers are still, despite iOS's great advances, very small. Minor percentage points compared to the Windows juggernaut. Apple has claimed huge boosts in their sales numbers (as percentages) but since their current numbers are low, even a small boost can increase their sales numbers of OSX by 30-40% while their market share increases by only a single percentage point. Their 12% of US market share, and not even on the chart worldwide, does not show a fundamental shift.
    Ididar
    • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

      @Ididar
      Apple may never go beyond 10% worldwide, mostly because of the segments they like to play in, which is the over $1000 per unit segment.
      Another reason is that they won't even bother with many 3rd world countries and may prefer to stay with, NA, Europe and the Far East (China, Japan).
      MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
  • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

    I can't wait to see Dell croak. what a stupid company with dull products? It is time they salvage and give some money back to the shareholders before they are crushed to death and die a pauper.
    kanank
  • RE: HP retains top PC spot, but Lenovo surges to No. 2 in sluggish market

    Fool me once (Windows ME) shame on you, Microsoft.
    Fool me twice (Vista) shame on me, for buying it.
    Fool me thrice (Win8) Microsoft could crumble like a house of cards.

    Not that I personally ever bought ME or VISTA. But I am trying out the Win8 Preview on an HP Slate 500 tablet and I can only say that I am underwhelmed, even though I think WinXP and Win7 are/were good OS's.
    bunkport
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