After Lenovo talked the talk, the PC builder walked the walk and made good on its promise to push Dell aside to become the world's second largest PC maker, according to the latest data from International Data Corporation (IDC). Lenovo jumped ahead of Dell by claiming a 13.7 percent share of global PC shipments in the third quarter of 2011, up from 10.4 percent one year prior. Dell, meanwhile, dropped from 12.6 percent in Q3 2010 to 12 percent currently.
Hewlett Packard, which is still trying to decide what the frak it wants to do with its Personal Systems Group division, is hanging on to the top spot with an 18.1 percent share of the market, up slightly from 17.8 percent one year ago. HP is performing particularly well in the U.S., where it posted a double-digit year-on-year growth rate.
According to IDC, the PC market as a whole is continuing to "struggle with the slow market environment and product changes." Tablets and other alternate computing devices aren't about to replace PCs, but they are "providing a distraction" for computer shoppers, IDC says.
"For the moment, PCs have taken a backseat to a range of other devices competing for shrinking consumer and business budgets," said Jay Chou, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. "While growth is expected to stay in mid-single digits in the fourth quarter, we should see faster growth in 2012 and beyond based on easier comparisons and refreshed PC offerings as the industry better addresses the evolving usage models by integrating more of the features in ultra mobile devices."