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    According to the recent estimates from Gartner, Apple’s Mac made gains in the PC market in the first quarter of 2015 despite the wider negative trend that saw overall shipments drop 5.2% worldwide. Gartner said that Apple had shipped 1.67 million Macs in the US to capture 12% of the market, which is an 8.9% year-over-year gain.

    With its quarterly performance, Apple continue to retain the country’s third largest PC vendor spot, falling short of HP, which came in at 26.1% and Dell which came in at 23.2%. For the quarter ending in March, HP ended up shipping 3.63 million units while Dell ended up shipping 2.3 million. Dell was the only top five PC maker that saw a negative growth of 3.8% year-over year.

    Completing the list of top five US vendors was ASUS and Lenovo, which moved a respective 1.65 million and 996.000 nits to capture 11.8% and 7.2% of the market. Overall, the market contracted 1.3% in the first quarter as compared to the same time last year.

    When it came to the worldwide count, Gartner didn’t end up ranking Apple. Instead Lenovo, HP and Dell sat in the top spots with market shares of 18.9%, 17.3% and 12.6% respectively. ASUS and Acer ended up trailing the pack with 7.4% and 7.2% of the global market. Of these companies, Lenovo and HP were the only two companies that showed signs of growth over quarter one, jumping a respective 5.7% and 2.5%.

    Gartner principal analyst, Mikako Kitagawa had the following to say regarding the first quarter results:

    The first quarter results are not a sign doom for the U.S. market, The biggest reason for the decline of PC shipments in the U.S. was attributed to the desktop market, which experienced a double-digit decline. This was primarily due to the end of the Windows XP replacement cycle. In contrast, mobile PC shipments in the U.S. continued to show year-over-year growth, and early results show this segment could have grown approximately 10 percent in the first quarter of 2015.
    Overall, worldwide PC shipments clocked in at 71.7 million units, which is a 5.2% year-over-year drop.

    Source: Gartner

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    2015-04-11 11:53 PM