“According to Gartner and IDC, the worldwide personal computer market — including both Microsoft (MSFT) Windows PCs and Apple (AAPL) Macs — shrank by 0.1% in the June quarter, although the two research firms disagree about whether Mac sales grew or not,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.
“Averaging the estimates of all 61 analysts we get a consensus of 4.49 million units (up 13.6% year over year), which happens to be precisely what the independents as a group are forecasting,” P.E.D. reports. “The professionals are looking for slightly lower sales (4.45 million, up 12.7%) and the six analysts with the best track record slightly less than that (4.41 million, up 11.7%).”
P.E.D. reports, “But nearly everybody we polled believes that when Apple reports its fiscal Q3 earnings in two weeks, Mac sales will have outpaced the market for the 25th quarter in a row.”
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U.S. Windows PC shipments drop 7%, Apple Mac up 4.3% YOY – July 12, 2012