Releasing a new report this week, respected market analytics firm Gartner indicates that Apple maintained its strong third position in the ranking of U.S personal computer shipments for the fourth quarter of 2012.
While the company highlights that PC shipments in the U.S saw a decline of roughly 2.1-percent compared to the year-ago quarter, it appears Apple managed to remain steady amongst its competitors — seeing the firm snatch 12.3-percent of those U.S-based shipments.
Apple’s share of the market in the United States trailed that of Hewlett Packard and Dell, both of whom ranked higher in PC shipments for the quarter. Specifically, HP managed to shift 4,657 thousand PCs for the quarter, dwarfing that of Dell, who saw just 3,355 thousand PC shipments for the quarter.
Compare those figures to the year-ago quarter — and it means that Hewlett Packard’s share of the market grew by 12.6-percent, versus Dell, which saw its share of the market decline by 16.5-percent. Impressively, though, Apple’s share of the market grew by a respectable 5.4-percent — however, it wasn’t enough to outpace its fourth-ranked rival, Lenovo, who saw its market share rise by 9.7-percent YoY.