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Friday, July 20, 2007

A look at worldwide market share for the PC market in Q2 2007

Both IDC and Gartner have provided their figures for PC market share during the second quarter of 2007. As always, I will use these numbers to later determine Apple's worldwide share of the PC market. (Apple releases its figures next week.)

IDC says that PC makers shipped 58.8 million PCs in the second quarter of 2007, up 12.5 percent year-over-year. Gartner says the figure is 61.1 million, up 11.7 percent.

Averaging these figures, we arrive at 59.95 million PCs sold. This is the figure I'll use for calculating Apple's worldwide market share for the quarter.

Apple does not break its numbers down by market (Update: actually, they do. See this post for details), but many are pointing out that Apple has rebounded in the US and is now in the top five in that market. (Apple doesn't factor into the charts for worldwide sales, which includes many low-price markets that Apple either doesn't sell in or doesn't sell well in.) According to IDC, Apple is the number 4 PC maker in the US, behind Dell, HP, and Gateway, with 5.6 percent of the market. (Apple-friendly publications have reported this event as "Apple poised to become number three PC maker in the US" as the company was barely outsold by Gateway in the quarter. I suppose it's inconceivable that Gateway might also experience a sales surge, but whatever.) Because Apple does not provide US-only numbers, this is unreliable and thus less interesting to me.

In the worldwide market, the big news is Acer and Lenovo, not Apple. Acer saw shipments increase a whopping 55.4 percent year over year, according to IDC, while the ThinkPad maker experienced a 22.3 increase. Lenovo was the number three PC maker in the quarter, while Acer was number four.

At the top of the heap, HP continues to extend its lead over ailing Dell. HP's unit sales were up 36.6 percent to11.1 million units, according to IDC, for 18.2 percent of the market. Number two Dell fell 5.5 percent YOY to 9.2 million units, for 15 percent of the market.

Incidentally, overall PC sales grew much faster than expected worldwide, according to both IDC and Gartner. IDC had expected 11.7 percent growth, but reported actual growth of 12.5 percent. Gartner expected 10.6 percent growth but reported growth of 11.7 percent.

Update: This is a blog post and a summary of IDC and Gartner data, not an "analysis." I like market share, and understand that there are other ways of measuring product health and "success." But whether it's the Xbox 360, Firefox, Windows, or, yes, the Mac, I'm just interested in this sort of stuff. It's not an attempt to paint the Mac in a bad light. If you're seeing it that way, relax. That's not the point at all. I'd love to see Apple snag a larger share of the market, whether it's US, the entire world, or whatever.

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