Thursday, October 19, 2006

Gartner: Apple, HP advance in market share

Gartner has released PC market share estimates for Q3. Worldwide, HP (16.3%) has edged Dell (16.1%) to take the number one spot. Overall PC shipments are up 7% worldwide.

In the U.S. HP is gaining on Dell, but still in the number two spot. Apple showed a spectacular 31% gain in units shiped (975,000) from same quarter last year (744,000), holding the fourth spot behind Gateway. Apple claimed a 6.1% of the U.S. market in Q3.

As for the top two PC-makers, Dell Q3 shipments (5,113) dropped 7.1% vs. last year, but that still keeps them comfortably ahead of second-place HP (3,657), despite HP's gain of 6.3% on the year.

Mickeleh's Take: What accounts for Apple's share growth? Is it the iPod halo. Or is it the "I'm a Mac" spots?