IDC reports that the shipment
of PCs rose by 2.3% globally for Q3 2009 compared to Q3 2008.
That may sound like a slight growth, but compared to Q1 2009 where
the market shrank by 6.8% compared to 2008 and Q2 where the market
shrank 2.4%, the slight growth is something to talk about. IDC
reports that all regions met their growth expectations except for
"Despite the ongoing mix of gloom and caution on
the economic front, the PC market continues to rebound quickly,"
said Loren Loverde, program director for IDC's Tracker Program. "The
competitive landscape, the transition to portables, new and low-power
designs, growth in retail and consumer segments, and the impact of
falling prices are all reflected in the gains by HP and Acer, as well
as overall market growth."
"The continued strength
of both the U.S. and worldwide PC business in the face of difficult
economic environments underscores the value that both consumer and
corporate buyers place on PCs," adds Bob O'Donnell, vice
president, Clients and Displays at IDC. "With the forthcoming
launch of Windows 7 and expected commercial refresh beginning in
2010, the prospects for future PC market growth are very solid."
maintained its spot as the top shipper of PCs in the world with 20.2%
of the market. Acer passed Dell to grab the second spot on the list
with 14% of the global PC market with Dell slipping to third place
with 12.7% of the global market. Rounding out the top five global
computer shippers is Lenovo with 8.9% of the market and Toshiba with
5.2% of the market.
Things look a bit different for the U.S.
market for the quarter. HP is the top in shipments within the U.S.
with 25.5% of the market. Dell is a very close second place with 25%
of the U.S. market. Third place goes to Acer with 11.1%, fourth place
is Apple with 9.4%, and fifth place goes to Toshiba with 8.1% of the
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