The global PC market grew in the third quarter, by how much depends on reports from market researchers IDC and Gartner released last week.
IDC reported total shipments jumped almost 12 percent, to 44.2 million units. That was about 0.5 percent ahead of IDC forecasts. Gartner said the market grew 9.7 percent, to almost 47 million units, slightly below what the company forecast. Gartner cited weakness in the U.S. market, which saw 5 percent growth in shipments. Gartner had predicted 8 percent growth.
Both companies said that Dell continued to hold the top spot, with Hewlett-Packard coming in at No. 2. IDC had Dells share at 18.2 percent, and HPs at 16.2 percent. Gartner had Dell at 16.8 percent and HP at 15 percent. IBM, Fujitsu and Toshiba rounded out the top five slots on each list.
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