|Market analyst firm Gartner has released its latest PC industry figures, and they continue a declining trend started two years ago. Worldwide PC shipments, not including tablets like the iPad or Microsoft's Surface RT, totaled 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6.9 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner. This is the seventh consecutive quarter of shipment declines.
HP and Lenovo have been virtually neck and neck for the top global position in the PC market throughout 2013. Lenovo took the lead in the fourth quarter, as it did last quarter, accounting for 18.1 percent of global PC shipments. Lenovo's victory over the top position became apparent in 4Q13. Lenovo showed strong growth in all regions, except Asia/Pacific, where China continued to be a problematic country for the company (despite the fact that it is based there).
HP experienced a shipments decline of 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter. US and Latin America were two regions where HP could not increase its shipments, and it experienced a steeper decline compared with the regional average, reports AppleInsider. Dell continued to maintain the third position, and accounted for 11.8 percent of the market. Acer and Asus's ranking remained unchanged compared with a year ago.
In the US, PC shipments totaled 15.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 7.5 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012. Despite a 10.3 percent decline in shipments, HP continued to be the leading vendor in the US, as it accounted for 26.5 percent of shipments. Dell maintained second place in the US, with a 22.8 percent of the fourth quarter sales, showing 7.4 percent growth from 2012. Apple continues to gain US marketshare, with 13.7 percent, a 28.5 percent growth over the same time period in 2012 and good enough for third place .