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The PC industry is in decline. Or hadn’t you noticed? According to Gartner, PC shipments in the U.S slipped 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. (Microsoft (MSFT) also warned earlier this week that Q4 PC shipments were down). The only bright spot seems to be Apple, which grew shipments in the U.S. an estimated 20.7 percent. That makes Apple (AAPL) the No. 3 PC maker in the U.S.

HP (HPQ) and Dell (DELL) are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. They still command twice Apple’s 11.6 percent market share, with 23.1 percent share for HP and 22.4 percent share for Dell. But Apple is the only PC manufacturer in the top 5 that is growing. Halo effect, anyone? Or maybe it’s the stores. The only PC manufacturer which grew faster in the U.S than Apple was Lenovo (OTCPK:LNVGF), which grew 40 percent. But it didn’t sell enough PCs in the U.S. to crack the top 5.

Worldiwde, PC shipments fell an estimated 1.4 percent worldwide. Apple didn’t make it into the top 5 worldwide HP was still No. 1, but saw a 16 percent decline. Lenovo came in No. 2, with 23 percent growth. Dell is No. 3 worldwide. And Asus (No. 5) also saw strong growth in shipments of 20.5 percent.

The three tables below from Gartner are for quarterly shipments in the U.S., worldwide, and full-year shipments worldwide:
Table 2
Preliminary United States PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q11 (Units)


Company

4Q11 Shipments

4Q11 Market Share (%)

4Q10 Shipments

4Q10 Market Share (%)

4Q11-4Q10 Growth (%)

HP 4,137,833 23.1 5,598,619 29.4 -26.1
Dell 4,020,549 22.4 4,210,000 22.1 -4.5
Apple 2,074,800 11.6 1,718,400 9.0 20.7
Toshiba 1,925,100 10.7 1,968,091 10.3 -2.2
Acer Group 1,756,838 9.8 1,982,477 10.4 -11.4
Others 4,014,644 22.4 3,583,418 18.8 12.0
Total 17,929,764 100.0 19,061,005 100.0 -5.9

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.

Source: Gartner (January 2012)

Table 1
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q11 (Units)


Company

4Q11 Shipments

4Q11 Market Share (%)

4Q10 Shipments

4Q10 Market Share (%)

4Q11-4Q10 Growth (%)

HP 14,712,266 16.0 17,554,181 18.8 -16.2
Lenovo 12,931,136 14.0 10,516,772 11.3 23.0
Dell 11,633,880 12.6 10,796,317 11.6 7.8
Acer Group 9,823,214 10.7 12,043,606 12.9 -18.4
Asus 6,243,118 6.8 5,180,913 5.5 20.5
Others 36,827,666 40.0 37,358,786 40.0 -1.4
Total 92,171,280 100.0 93,450,575 100.0 -1.4

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.

Source: Gartner (January 2012)

Table 3
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2011 (Units)


Company

2011 Shipments

2011 Market Share (%)

2010 Shipments

2010 Market Share (%)

2011-2010 Growth (%)

HP

60,554,726

17.2

62,741,274

17.9

-3.5

Lenovo

45,703,863

13.0

38,180,444

10.9

19.7

Dell

42,864,759

12.1

42,119,272

12.0

1.8

Acer Group

39,415,381

11.2

48,758,542

13.9

-19.2

ASUS

20,768,465

5.9

18,902,723

5.4

9.9

Others

143,499,792

40.7

140,198,078

40.0

2.4

Total

352,806,984

100.0

350,900,332

100.0

0.5

Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.

Source: Gartner (January 2012)

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