Gartner has released preliminary figures which show that Lenovo has replaced Hewlett-Packard as the world’s top PC maker.
The figures say that Lenovo shipped 13.8 million units in the third quarter, compared with HP’s 13.55 million.
The Chinese company had a 15.7 per cent share of worldwide shipments of units and HP was just behind with 15.5 per cent.
Lenovo had made significant market share gains over the past two years, and Gartner puts this down to the fact that, in addition to acquiring other vendors, the company has also taken an ‘aggressive’ position on pricing, especially in the professional market.
Yesterday the firm announced three new Windows 8 hybrid tablets, which will all be released between October 26th (Windows 8’s launch date) and December 2012.
Despite all this, the bigger picture revealed by the results is that the PC industry is in decline.
"A continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments played a big part in the overall PC market decline," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
Shipments seemed to be less vigorous in Q3 as vendors and channel partners liquidated inventory in preparation for Microsoft’s latest OS, and disappointing back-to-school sales didn’t help matters either.
"Retailers were conservative in placing orders as they responded to weak back-to-school sales. By the end of September, retailers were focused on clearing out inventory in advance of the Windows 8 launch later this month," added Kitagawa.
"On the professional side, there was minimum impact from Windows 8 in the quarter because the professional market will not adopt Windows 8 PCs immediately after the release."
Although Gartner’s figures show that Lenovo has taken the no.1 position in worldwide PC shipments for the first time in the company’s history, a similar study by IDC shows HP still at the top, with 13.95 million sales compared to Lenovo’s 13.82 million.
Unsurprisingly, HP has decided to back IDC’s report, saying that it takes a more complete view of the market.
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