“Statistics published Tuesday by IDC show that industrywide notebook shipments rose by 22.4 percent globally on a year-over-year basis during the second quarter and grew by 1.5 percent from the first quarter. Meanwhile, shipments in the United States grew by 18 percent year over year and by 8 percent sequentially, IDC said,” reports John G. Spooner for CNET News.com.
“Though small, the sequential gains reversed normal seasonal declines, showing that notebooks continue to gain favor with computer buyers. On the corporate side, simultaneous increases in notebook purchasing by businesses during the second quarter could point to the beginnings of a small, but steady rebound in commercial PC sales, IDC said,” Spooner reports.
“‘Commercial notebook shipments grew by 9.6 percent, sequentially,’ said Allen Promisel, analyst with IDC. ‘In a quarter where you typically see a drop in units, we saw commercial demand pick up. Effectively, this could mean that we’ve seen the worst and we’re pulling out of it,'” Spooner reports.
In the U.S. market, for the second quarter, “Dell led the market share race with 26.6 percent. HP followed with 20.3 percent. Toshiba and IBM were nearly tied for the third spot with 9.6 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, fifth-place Apple garnered 7 percent of the U.S. market, and Gateway was the sixth-largest seller with 4.1 percent of the market,” Spooner reports.
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