Research Firm Gartner says that worldwide PC shipments in Q2 2012 totaled 87.5 million units, a year-over-year decline of 0.1%. While HP continued to hold onto the largest slice of the PC shipment pie, ASUS experienced the largest growth.
For Q2 2012, HP had a 14.9% share of the global PC shipment market, moving just over 13 million units. However, that figure is a 12.1% decrease compared to the number of PCs it shipped in Q2 2011. In the U.S. market alone, HP accounted for 25% of all PC shipments during that period.
ASUS, who sits fifth with a seven per cent market share, shipped just over six million PCs in the quarter, a 38.6% improvement year-over-year.
Lenovo had a strong showing in Q2, as it had the second largest share of the global PC shipment market (14.7%) and shipped nearly 13 million PCs, good for 14.9% growth year-over-year.
In the U.S. alone, 15.9 million PCs were shipped in Q2, a 5.7% slip when compared to last year's figures. This decrease, notes Gartner, is largely a result of weak consumer spending on PCs, due to "a combination of consumers' reduced interest in PCs, and vendors' reduced willingness to sell PCs due to other products and services that consumers are interested [in]."
As for Apple, it had a 12.1% share in the U.S. market, having shipped 1.9 million PCs. The company experienced a year-over-year growth of 4.3%, within the region.