Lenovo has pipped HP to the global number one PC vendor spot in terms of shipments made during Q2 2013, with a 16.7 per cent share of the market.
However, both HP and Dell (number two and three respectively) saw growth improve over recent quarters. They have 16.4 per cent and 12.2 per cent market shares respectively.
Lenovo also grew faster than the market (as well as faster than HP and Dell) although Lenovo growth slipped to -1.4 per cent and was down from prior quarters.
Acer and ASUS hit the fourth and fifth spots respectively, with market shares of 8.2 per cent and 6.1 per cent.
Worldwide PC shipments reached 75.6 million units during the period, down 11.4 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2012. But this figure was slightly better than the expected 75.4 million shipments (11.7 per cent drop), according to PC sales tracker International Data Corporation (IDC).
IDC says the market is still struggling with the transition to touch-based systems running Windows 8, as well as justifying ultrabook prices in the face of economic pressures and competition from tablets and other devices.
"With second quarter growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year," said Jay Chou, Senior Analyst, IDC Worldwide PC Tracker. "Slower growth in Europe and China reflect the risks, while the improved US outlook reflects potential improvement.
"While efforts by the PC ecosystem to bring down price points and embrace touch computing should make PCs more attractive, a lot still needs to be done in launching attractive products and addressing competition from devices like tablets."
The US posted a decline in shipments of 1.9 per cent, while EMEA saw continued weakness in consumer demand. Japan continued to shrink and weak sell-in to China during April and May meant the Asia/Pacific market was also down.
Check out the full IDC Q2 charts below.
Top 5 Vendors (in terms of Q2 worldwide PC shipments – preliminary, unit shipments in thousands)
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, July 10, 2013