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PC shipments surge in second quarter; Toshiba, Lenovo shine

PC makers delivered some heady second quarter growth figures as Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus gained global market share, according to IDC figures. Toshiba also had the fastest growth in the U.S. as the rest of the field---HP, Dell, Acer and Apple largely held ground.
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributing Editor on

PC makers delivered some heady second quarter growth figures as Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus gained global market share, according to IDC figures. Toshiba also had the fastest growth in the U.S. as the rest of the field---HP, Dell, Acer and Apple largely held ground.

The global PC market surged 22.4 percent in the second quarter with demand strong in most regions. IDC said desktop PC shipments topped estimates and indicated that enterprises are replacing systems. However, portable PCs were lower than estimates.

Here's a look at IDC's standings:

Among the big themes:

  • The U.S. PC market grew at a 12.6 percent clip in the second quarter compared to a year ago. IDC was projecting near 18 percent growth. IDC said businesses are reassessing spending.
  • Asia Pacific sans Japan delivered growth of 35 percent compared to a year ago.
  • Dell took second place in total PC shipments and was strong in Asia Pacific and Latin America as well as the enterprise.
  • Acer's growth trailed the market against rough comparisons.
  • Lenovo surged in all regions. The company's strategy to defend the enterprise market and target emerging markets appears to be working.
  • Toshiba is being propelled by notebook demand. Asus is also aggressively gaining share.

IDC's stats largely echo the upbeat industry assessment delivered by Intel.

Update: Gartner has also released its standings.

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