How Significant Is Apple’s Mac Shipment Decline?
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Mac shipments in the U.S. dropped in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest PC market data from two major market research firms. However, each firm drew different conclusions about the severity of Apple’s U.S. PC market decline.
IDC reported that Apple’s year-over-year Mac shipments decreased by 11.2 percent amid an overall PC shipment decline of 0.2 percent in the U.S. market. According to IDC data, Apple was the only top-five vendor to see a year-over-year decline in the third quarter.
Gartner’s data, on the other hand, indicated that Apple’s Mac shipments only declined by 2.3 percent over the same time period. In contrast to IDC, Gartner also recorded 3.5 percent growth in the U.S. PC market. Both market research firms ranked HP (NYSE:HPQ) and Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) in the No.1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.