“Apple’s share of the Australian personal computer market has jumped sharply in the last year, according to statistics released this week by Australia’s two largest technology analyst firms,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet Australia.

“In the three months making up the second quarter of 2008, Apple’s share of the local PC market was 5.3%, according to Gartner, compared to 3.8% for the same period in 2007,” Tung reports.

“With the firm estimating that Australians bought 1.2 million desktops or laptops in the period, Apple’s share would have been 64,830 units, or some 20,000 more than in the same period in 2007,” Tung reports. “Year on year growth for the computer maker stood at 52%, according to Gartner, dwarfing the overall PC industry’s growth rate of 9%.”

“Rival analyst firm, IDC, broadly confirmed the trend. However, IDC associate market analyst Felipe Rego said Apple’s share had actually reached 6.2% for the first quarter of 2008,” Tung reports. “According to IDC, Apple shipments grew 41% on the same period in the previous year, while non-Apple shipments grew at just 13%.”

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