Apple increases professional mobile PC shipments as PC market declines


Apple increases professional mobile PC shipments as PC market declines

Jenny Williams

Apple grew its UK PC market share by 22% in the third quarter of 2011, with “double-digit” growth in the professional market, according to Gartner.

The latest figures by research firm Gartner showed HP maintained the largest stake of market share (19%) in the third quarter of 2011. However, Apple and Samsung were the only UK PC suppliers to show any market share increase, by 22% to reach 230,000 shipments and 40% to reach 217,000 shipments respectively. 

Gartner said Apple experienced double-digit growth in mobile PC shipments in the professional and consumer spaces. Overall PC shipments continued to decline, falling 11% on third quarter 2010 to 2.9 million units in the UK. 

Meike Escherich, principal analyst at Gartner, said enterprise migrations to Windows 7 failed to drive professional PC sales as shipments continued to decline.

“The much hoped-for uptake of professional PCs in the wake of the migration to Windows 7 remained subdued by the pessimistic economic outlook,” said Escherich.

Professional PC shipments fell 2% in Western Europe, compared with the same period last year. Consumer PC shipments fell 19%, with shipments of mini-notebooks falling 40% in the third quarter of 2011 compared with 2010 figures.

Escherich said the PC industry has under-performed, particularly in the consumer market.

“The results in the third quarter of 2011 make unpleasant reading for the PC industry, as it is traditionally a strong consumer quarter, driven by back-to-school sales,” he said.

The top five PC suppliers in the UK for the third quarter of 2011 were HP (19%), Dell (15%), Acer (11%), Apple (8%) and Samsung (7%).

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