Apple increases professional mobile PC shipments as PC market declines

Apple grew its PC market share by 20% in the third quarter of 2011, with “double-digit” growth in the professional market, according to Gartner.

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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