Lenovo has taken the lead in the global PC market. The Chinese vendor shipped 13.77 million units in the third quarter, overtaking Hewlett-Packard for the first time.
HP shipped 13.55 million PCs between June and September, a 16 percent decline over last year’s third quarter.
Overall, 87.5 million PCs were shipped in the past three months, down 8 percent from last year’s total of 95.45 million units.
Gartner associates the decline with the imminent arrival of Windows 8. According to the IT research specialist, many retailers were conservative in placing orders as they focused on clearing out inventory ahead of the Windows 8 launch.
Lenovo may have benefitted from this in taking the lead. The Chinese company puts a strong focus on the professional segment, which is likely less affected by the Windows 8 launch.
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