Lenovo boosted its market share and padded its lead as the world’s No. 1 PC company, according to data released Thursday by two market research firms.
Gartner reported that Lenovo shipped 5.7 percent more personal computers in the first quarter. That gave the company an 18.9 percent market share, up from 17 percent a year ago.
Overall, Gartner reported, worldwide PC shipments fell 5.2 percent in the quarter as consumers turned to smartphones and tablets.
Lenovo is based in China and has a headquarters in Morrisville.
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Lenovo also boosted its market share in the U.S., outpacing a 1.3 percent decline in the market by shipping 13.5 percent more PCs in the quarter, according to Gartner.
Lenovo ranked No. 4 in the U.S. market, but its 11.8 percent market share isn’t far behind No. 3 Apple, by Gartner’s estimation. Apple’s U.S. shipments rose 8.9 percent, giving it a 12 percent market share.
Market research firm IDC painted a similar picture of the market, but the particulars were different.
IDC reported that Lenovo’s worldwide shipments rose 3.4 percent, defying an overall 6.7 percent decline in the market. That gave Lenovo a 19.6 percent share of the market, up from 17.6 percent a year ago.
In the U.S., IDC reported that Lenovo jumped ahead of Apple to No. 3, thanks to an 8.6 percent increase in U.S. shipments. That gave Lenovo an 11.8 percent market share, versus 10.9 percent for Apple.
“PCs remain at the heart of our business, delivering 65 percent of our revenue and record pre-tax income last quarter of almost $500 million,” Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a statement issued by the company. He added that “we are confident that PCs will continue to be a great engine of strong, profitable growth.”