Lenovo tops worldwide PC market in flat quarter

Donna Miller
October 12, 2018

PC makers shipped 67.2 million units in the third quarter of 2018, a 0.1 percent increase from the same period previous year, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by Gartner, a market research firm. Additionally, Q3 saw Microsoft become one of the top five PC vendors in the U.S., thanks to its line of Surface products.

Overall PC shipments are also ticking along, according to Gartner's estimates, though growth is flat, which in the PC market isn't a bad thing.

"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". With only 0.1% growth and 67.2 million units sold, there hasn't been much growth in the market this quarter, as noted by VentureBeat.

The global PC market may be stabilizing. It expects upgrade demand to continue until 2020.

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The top spot in the U.S. belongs to HP, with about 4.5 million machines sold, ahead of Dell at 3.8 million, Lenovo at 2.3 million, and Apple at 2 million.

While the top three managed to expand their market share, Apple and Acer saw declines in their shares of the PC market. What's interesting is that in the USA breakdown, we see that Microsoft has made its first appearance in the top five, knocking Acer off the table. However, this certainly is a good news for the Surface devices as well as for the company.

The other big analyst company, IDC, paints a slightly more pessimistic picture of the PC market. The company displaced Acer as one of the top 5 makers this quarter, with a market share of 4.1%, reports Gartner.

HP was second but recorded its fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year shipment growth.

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