The global PC market may finally be showing signs of stabilizing.
PC makers shipped 67.2 million units in the third quarter of 2018, a 0.1 percent increase over the same period last year, according to preliminary numbers released Wednesday by market researcher Gartner. The flat overall number comes after a second quarter saw a modest increase of 1.4 percent, its first up quarter in six years.
While weak demand from consumers continued, strong sales in the business market buoyed the overall market.
“The PC market continued to be driven by steady corporate PC demand, which was driven by Windows 10 PC hardware upgrades,” , Mikako Kigawa principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement. “We expect the Windows 10 upgrade cycle to continue through 2020 at which point the upgrade demand will diminish.”
Lenovo held on to its market crown with a market share of 23.6 percent, an increase of 10.7 percent year over year. That was enough to put some distance between itself and No. 2 HP, which captured 21.8 percent of the market on 6.2 percent growth. Dell came in at a distant third with 16 percent of the market.
While the top three managed to grow their markets, Apple and Acer saw declines in their share of the PC market. Apple grabbed the No. 4 position with 7.3 percent of the market, a decline of 8.5 percent, while No. 5 Acer took in 6.1 percent, a drop of 5.7 percent.