Global market intelligence and advisory firm IDC released its data on shipments of personal computers in the United States for the second quarter of 2004. Apple ranks fifth on the list with a total of 495,000 CPU units shipped, or about 3.7 of the market — trailing Dell, HP, Gateway and IBM. Regardless, Apple’s numbers show overall growth from year to year, if a bit below the average of 10.9 percent.
Dell led the Q2 rankings with 4.396 million units sold — a 32.9 percent market share that demonstrated 16.2 percent growth from year to year. That’s well above anyone else on the list — Dell’s nearest competitor, HP, moved about 2.574 million units for the same period, for a total of 19.3 percent share and overall year-to-year growth of 12.5 percent.
Gateway pushed 752,000 units out the door, good for a 5.6 percent share of the market in Q2 04. That’s 58.5 percent better than they did last year, but that number combines both Gateway and its recently acquired subsidiary eMachines’ systems — this is the first quarter such numbers have been combined. IBM trailed Gateway slightly with 750,000 units sold for the quarter, still demonstrating 9.7 percent growth year to year.
IDC explained the numbers include shipments to distribution channels or end users. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) sales are counted under the vendor or brand name under which they were sold. The tallies include desktop, notebook, “ultra portable” and server systems, but do not include handhelds.
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