Worldwide PC shipments were up during the last quarter, but the market is still having some trouble getting going, a new report from research firm IDC indicates.
During the second quarter of 2011, worldwide PC shipments were up 2.6 percent to 84.4 million units, just shy of the firm's expected 2.9 percent growth.
A key component in the slow growth was sales performance in the U.S. According to IDC, U.S. PC shipments were down 4.2 percent year over year to 17.8 million units. However, losses in the U.S. were made up by blistering 12 percent growth in the Asia/Pacific region, excluding Japan.
Once again, HP led the way in worldwide PC shipments last quarter, sending out 15.2 million devices to store shelves and capturing 18 percent market share, according to IDC. The company's shipments were up 3 percent year over year.
Dell scored the second spot in PC shipments last quarter with 2.8 percent growth and 12.9 percent market share, thanks to its 10.9 million shipments. Lenovo beat Acer to score the third spot with 12.2 percent market share on 10.2 million units shipped, representing a 22.9 percent gain year over year.
Acer's 9.1 million shipments were down 10.1 percent in the second quarter, helping the company secure 10.9 percent share.
Although things could have been better for PC makers, their second-quarter performance was markedly better than the first quarter.… Read more