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U.S. PC Shipments Drop 5.7%, But Apple Shows a 4.3% Gain

U.S. PC Shipments Drop 5.7%, But Apple Shows a 4.3% Gain

Quarterly PC shipments in the U.S. market declined 5.7 percent year over year in the second quarter of 2012, but Apple showed a 4.3 percent growth in the same period.


Apple was the only computer maker among the top five in the U.S. to post a year over year gain in the June quarter. All of the other top PC makers saw double-digit losses, with the exception of Dell, which fell 9.5 percent.

Apple’s estimated 1.9 million Macs sold in the quarter was good for 12 percent of the market, settling solidly into third place. Its 4.3 percent growth led to Apple increasing its market share from 10.7 percent in the same period a year ago.

HP took first place, even though it saw its year-over-year shipments slide 12.7 percent. It took 25 percent of the market. Dell was second, with 21.7 percent of all PC shipments.

Apple was followed by Acer Group in fourth place. Acer shipped an estimated 1.3 million PCs and took 8.5 percent of U.S. shipments. It showed a 14.1 percent drop from 2011.

Toshiba showed up in fifth, shipping an estimated 1.3 million PCs, with 8.2 percent of the market. Their shipments fell 19.5 percent, the biggest drop among the leading five.

“Weakness in the U.S. public market affected the professional segment despite the high PC procurement season in the second quarter,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Both government and education institutions are encountering tight budget situations. Shipments to the public sector are expected to be lower than normal seasonality.”