Overall PC Shipments Drop 2.4% in Q1 2017

HP had the largest growth in Q1 over the same period last year, with Apple not far behind.

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New PC statistics from Gartner Dataquest show that the PC market continues a decline that has been going on for five years. The good news is that both HP and Apple showed decent growth in shipments in the first quarter of 2017 over the same period last year.

HP showed a 6.5% growth with 12.1 million units shipped in Q1, up from 11.38 million in Q1 2016. Apple, pushed on by its new Mac line, chimed with a jump iof 4.5%, while Dell and Lenovo finished out the positive leaders with 3.4% and 1.2% respectively. Asus took the hardest hit with a double digit drop of 14%, falling from 5,28 million units shipped in Q1 2016 to only 4.54 million in Q1 this year.

Overall, Lenovo leads in market share with 19.2% worldwide, followed by HP at 17.9% and Dell at 14.2%

"The top three vendors — Lenovo, HP and Dell — will battle for the large-enterprise segment," Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said (via Apple Insider). "The market has extremely limited opportunities for vendors below the top three, with the exception of Apple, which has a solid customer base in specific verticals."

In the United States, the numbers followed a similar pattern with the top four worldwide Q1 2017 leaders holding their postions here,  albeit with a smaller number of units shipped.

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