“Global shipments of personal computers in the second quarter jumped a better-than-expected 16.6 per ent, paced by strong demand for low-cost systems, notebook computers and commercial PC replacements, market research firm IDC said… Overall, worldwide shipments of PCs rose to 46.6 million, up 16.6 percent from 39.9 million PCs in the year-ago second quarter, IDC said. IDC’s May forecast called for worldwide PC growth of 12.3 percent,” Reuters reports.
Dell was the largest PC vendor with global unit shipments increasing nearly 24% to 8.98 million, giving it a worldwide PC market share of 19.3%, up from 18.2% a year ago. Hewlett-Packard was #2 with unit growth of 16% to 7.25 million PCs shipped in the second quarter, putting the company’s worldwide PC market share at 15.6%. Leonovo was #3 PC maker after buying IBM’s PC business and ended the quarter with 7.6%, up from 2.4 per cent a year earlier.
In the US market, Gateway, which bought profitable rival eMachines a year ago, also gained share to 6.0% of the US market in the second quarter, from 5.3% year-over-year.
“Apple Computer also increased its share of the US PC market during the second quarter, rising to 4.5% from 3.7% a year ago, as global unit shipments rose more than 37%. IDC said that the Mac mini as well as its digital music business and the iPod digital music player have ‘clearly benefited the company’s PC business,'” Reuters reports. “Among individual PC companies, Apple Computer Inc.’s unit shipments in the second quarter rose at twice the rate of the overall market and gained market share in the United States.”
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MacDailyNews Take: In January of this year, IDC VP Roger Kay said that he saw no evidence of an Apple iPod Halo Effect based on Apple’s desktop share. We took him to task for that statement as desktop share is a meaningless figure to use when looking for the iPod Halo Effect. Mac unit sales are what one needs to look at to see the effect taking place; those Mac unit sales were already on the rise in January. With Mac market share now on the increase – along with meaningful unit sales gains – perhaps even Kay can see iPod’s halo now?
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