Apple Bucks PC Market Trend With Mac Sales Boost
The global PC market sustained its seventh consecutive quarter of falling shipments and its worst decline in history in the fourth quarter of 2013, reports market research firm Gartner. According to Gartner’s data, worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.6 million units in the December quarter, a 6.9 percent drop from the same quarter in the previous year.
However, despite an overall decline in personal computer shipments, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) managed to boost its Mac sales in the fourth quarter. Apple saw 28.5 percent year-over-year growth in the United States PC market last quarter after boosting its market share from 9.9 percent to 13.7 percent. Overall, the U.S. personal computer market declined by 7.5 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Apple’s strong Mac sales gave it a third place ranking in the U.S. PC market, surpassing China-based Lenovo. Lenovo saw 3.5 percent year-over-year growth to finish the quarter in fourth place with a 9.7 percent share of the U.S. market. Second-place Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) also saw an increase in the December quarter with 7.4 percent year-over-year growth, which gave it a 22.8 percent share of the U.S. market.