PC Market In Decline, Shipments Dropped To 10-Year Low

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In the second quarter of 2016, Apple shipped 4.26 million Macs worldwide, while this year, it shipped 4.24 million Macs, a decline of about 0.4%, estimates Gartner. Gartner said Lenovo shipments shrank 8.4 percent with declines in all key regions.

With the increase in market share, Apple now holds the fourth position in the PC market after toppling Asus.

The latest stats on PC shipments from Gartner are in, and the figures show that the market has hit its lowest level in a decade, with Apple really struggling in the U.S., and Lenovo hitting troubled waters and losing its number one PC vendor spot to HP. And while analyst firms IDC and Gartner both recorded sales slowdowns in the market, the reality was still somewhat better than the bleak predictions made by both firms earlier this year. HP and Dell, which witnessed growth in shipments, were the number one and three PC vendors, respectively.

"The approach to higher component costs varied by vendor", the statement reads.

It should be noted that the IDC stats don't include any kind of tablet in their statistics in contrast with Gartner who states that "Data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads". Lenovo's current market share stands at 19.9%. Apple, Asus and Acer take the remaining spots, and each saw a decline in PC shipments during Q2.

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Dell, Apple and ASUS make up the top five vendors, sharing between 25 and 35 per cent of the market depending on whether you believe IDC or Gartner's figures.

While the overall market shrunk, HP managed to post 6.2 percent year-over-year growth for Q2, according to IDC, giving it almost 23 percent market share for the quarter.

The reasoning, per that report: There's a shortage of components like memory and LCD screens, driving prices up.

However, while Apple only dipped slightly in the worldwide picture (by 0.4%), Tim Cook's firm dropped majorly over in the U.S. with a 9.6% decline in shipment numbers year-on-year.

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