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Apple’s Mac Shipments Continued to Decline Year-over-Year

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Jan. 11 2019, Published 7:10 p.m. ET

The global PC market fell yet again in the fourth quarter

The global PC market has been on the decline for several quarters now. The latest reports by both IDC and Gartner suggest that the PC industry is continuing its fall.

According to IDC, total PC shipments fell 3.7% YoY (year-over-year) to 68.1 million units in the fourth quarter of 2018 due to inventory and processor supply issues. Meanwhile, Gartner is painting a slightly darker picture of the PC industry. According to Gartner, PC shipments fell 4.3% YoY in the fourth quarter.

Lenovo continued to be the top manufacturer for the second straight quarter, according to both reports, securing over a 24% market share in the period. Meanwhile, HP’s (HPQ) shipments fell YoY.

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Apple’s Mac shipments fell nearly 4% YoY in the holiday season

Apple (AAPL) continues to see negative growth in its Mac sales. According to IDC and Gartner, Apple’s Mac sales fell 3.8% YoY to 4.9 million in the reported period.

What’s disappointing from Apple’s point of view is that its shipments fell YoY despite its launch of its new MacBook Air and Mac mini during the holiday season. Mac is still the second-highest contributor to Apple’s revenue after the iPhone.

However, Apple’s market share did increase marginally from 7.1% in the September quarter to 7.2% in the December quarter, according to IDC.

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