Analyst firms IDC and Gartner have released their take on the PC market for the third quarter of 2017. Gartner said worldwide PC shipments totaled 67 million units in the third quarter of 2017, a 3.6 percent decline from the third quarter of 2016. In contrast, IDC reported shipments of traditional PCs (desktop, notebook, workstation) totaled 67.2 million units in the third quarter of 2017 - a slight year-over-year decline of 0.5%.
Both firms reported component shortages affecting manufacturers although Gartner notes any price hikes in components would be passed on to consumers.
IDC reported that HP and Lenovo are almost tied in first place in terms of market share although they note HP is on the rise while Lenovo is seeing declining sales volumes.
Gartner had the two companies almost deadlocked as well.
The top five makers were rounded out by Dell in third place followed by Apple and Asus. Gartner ranked Asus slightly above Apple with IDC flipping those vendors around.