PC demand slows amid 'consumer fatigue,' but Apple share surges

Global PC sales disappointed across the board in the third quarter, according to IDC and Gartner. Apple's market share, however, surged in the third quarter in the U.S. On a global basis, Lenovo surged on the market share front.

Global PC sales grew 11 percent in the third quarter, but that was below expectations as "consumer fatigue" set in, according IDC. Apple's market share, however, surged in the third quarter in the U.S. On a global basis, Lenovo surged on the market share front.

IDC had projected PC growth of 14 percent for the third quarter, according to a statement. IDC also noted back-to-school shopping was "tepid." In the U.S., PC shipments were well below expectations. U.S. PC unit growth was up 3.8 percent from a year ago, well the 11 percent projected. Japan was the only market that exceeded growth estimates. IDC did say that September showed improving conditions for PC sales.

Here's a look at the scorecards for the global and U.S. markets from IDC:

Directionally, Gartner has similar stats, but put PC growth at 7.6 percent. HP stumbled. Here's Gartner's scorecard, which has lower growth rates across the board: