Two separate companies announced this week that PC shipments went up slightly in the second quarter of 2011. However the rise in sales were still smaller than expected. The Gartner firm announced that PC shipments went up 2.3 percent in the quarter that ended June 30 with worldwide shipments of 85.2 million. Another firm, IDC, reported slightly different results. They stated that PC shipments went up 2.6 percent in the quarter with total worldwide shipments coming in at 84.4 million.
On the one hand, the results showed that PC shipments recovered somewhat after a dip in sales in the first quarter of 2011. On the other hand both firms said that the actual shipment numbers fell below their own expectations. IDC predicted that shipment would go up 2.9 percent in the second quarter while Gartner predicted PC shipments would be much higher at 6.7 percent. Both firms said that HP is still the leader in PC shipments worldwide, followed by Dell in second place, Lenovo in third and Acer in fourth place.
In the US, the overall PC market actually went down 4.7 percent in shipments, according to IDC. Gartner said that US PC shipments went down even more to 5.6 percent. Both firms also said that Apple went up from fifth to third place in US PC shipments, behind HP and Dell, in thanks to increased sales of its Mac and Macbook products. The firms also said that increased sales of tablets such as the iPad might also be affecting PC sales.