PC market flat in Q3, Microsoft becomes a top five United States vendor

Marco Green
October 12, 2018

Lenovo secured the top spot in the worldwide PC market with HP came second as the global PC shipments hit 67.2 million units in the third quarter of 2018 - a 0.1 per cent increase from the third quarter past year, research company Gartner said on Thursday.

"Despite the third quarter typically showing strong consumer PC sales due to the back-to-school season, weakness in consumer PC demand continued, offsetting the strong sales in the business market".

There's some big news in the latest round of PC shipment numbers that are coming from Gartner and IDC.

Lenovo held on to its crown with a market share of 23.6 percent, up from 21.4 percent in the same quarter a year earlier. Acer and Apple trade places depending on the ranking (Apple is fifth according to Gartner and fourth according to IDC).

Notably, Dell and Apple were down, and the overall United States market was flat (down some 50,000 units) in Q3 2018, so in that context, Surface sales are doing fine. Hewlett-Packard was in second place with 14.6 million units (6.2 percent YoY increase), while Dell sat in third place with 10.7 million units (5.3 percent increase YoY).

"The PC market continued to be driven by steady corporate PC demand, which was driven by Windows 10 PC hardware upgrades", Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. What's interesting is that in the United States breakdown, we see that Microsoft has made its first appearance in the top five, knocking Acer off the table.

But there was one surprise: Lenovo regained the top spot in the market, displacing HP. At last, we should also mention IDC's 17.2 million units.

In the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan, IDC said that although the region posted a single-digit decline, the results were above expectations. For example, many Windows PC users are building their own rigs, which obviously do not show up in such market reports.

A meticulous attention to hardware detail does not a company upending make.

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