No. 1 PC maker Lenovo boosted its worldwide market share in the third quarter and further separated itself from runner-up HP, according to new reports of PC shipments from two market research firms.
However, Lenovo's sales growth in the U.S. market was the worst among the top four PC makers, according to the latest reports from Gartner and IDC.
Although both firms agreed on that trend, their portraits of Lenovo's U.S. business diverged. IDC reported that Lenovo's U.S. market share increased while Gartner reported slight slippage.
Both companies put Lenovo's U.S. market share at No. 4.
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Both Gartner and IDC reported very similar worldwide results for Lenovo. IDC put Lenovo's worldwide market share at 20 percent, up from 17.7 percent a year ago.
Lenovo achieved that by increasing PC shipments by 11.2 percent, far outpacing the 1.7 percent decline in the overall market, according to IDC.
"Not only have we reached another record high and solidified our PC leadership position for the sixth straight quarter, but we have diversified our business at the same time," CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a statement. "We are No. 2 in the growing PC-plus tablet market and No. 3 in global tablet sales and servers."
IDC reported that Lenovo's U.S. shipments rose 7.6 percent. That bested the 4.3 percent hike for the overall U.S. market.
That gave Lenovo a 10.7 percent market share, up from 10.3 percent a year ago, IDC calculated.
But, by Gartner's reckoning, Lenovo's U.S. shipments rose 3.2 percent - subpar compared to overall U.S. market growth of 4.2 percent. Gartner put Lenovo's U.S. market share at 10.5 percent, down from 10.6 percent a year ago.
Worldwide, the top five PC makers accounted for two-thirds of the shipments for the first time ever, Gartner reported.
"All top 5 vendors showed stronger growth compared to the industry average," Gartner noted.