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    PC isn't selling too well- HP, Lenovo and Apple benefited

    HP's announcement that it might spin off or sell its PC business in August didn't hurt its sales in the third quarter, according to data from research companies Gartner and IDC, which said that it retained its spot as top seller. Yet Dell, expected to benefit, subsided to third place behind China's Lenovo. Meanwhile Apple continued its remarkable record of growing its share faster than the PC market, which has now gone on for 22 quarters: in the US it moved to third place behind HP and Dell with 12.9% of sales.

    Data from the two companies indicates that PC sales worldwide grew sluggishly in the third quarter, with Gartner saying that they grew by just 3.2% to 91.8m - below its forecast of 5.1% - while rival IDC put the figure at 91.9m, which it says was up 3.6% - but below its forecast in August of 4.5%.

    Total sales for North America and the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) fell from 44.9m to 44.5m, according to Gartner's figures. The two companies use slightly different measurements. The numbers are aggregated from many places, typically including shipments to distributors, making them imprecise measurements but valuable for gauging the overall direction of the markets.
    Source: Brothersoft News

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