Gartner: Apple's U.S. market share slips in Q1 2009

A new report released by Gartner says that worldwide PC shipments totaled 67.2 million units in the first quarter of 2009, a decline of 6.

A new report released by Gartner says that worldwide PC shipments totaled 67.2 million units in the first quarter of 2009, a decline of 6.5 percent.

We are seeing some evidence of channel inventory restocking, particularly in the U.S.,” said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner. “This restocking should not be interpreted as a recovery in PC end-user demand; it’s still unclear if the global PC market has hit the bottom.

According to the report Apple's U.S. market share dropped from 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 to 7.4 percent.

Preliminary United States PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q09 (Thousands of Units)

Company

1Q09 Shipments

1Q09 Market Share (%)

1Q08 Shipments

1Q08 Market Share (%)

1Q09-1Q08 Growth (%)

Hewlett-Packard

4,228

27.7

3,804

24.8

11.1

Dell Inc.

3,996

26.2

4,775

31.2

-16.3

Acer

2,076

13.6

1,389

9.1

49.4

Apple Computer

1,135

7.4

1,148

7.5

-1.1

Toshiba

1,005

6.6

840

5.5

19.6

Others

2,837

18.6

3,371

22.0

-15.8

Total

15,276

100.0

15,327

100.0

-0.3

Source: Gartner (April 2009)

Analysts think that Apple’s relatively higher ASP created challenges for it in the tough economy, but that its deft control of inventories limited its shipment decline.

Tip: MacRumors