Chinese PC maker Lenovo has taken over the
top spot among computer companies from U.S. tech giant HP, according to preliminary third-quarter sales estimates released Wednesday by research firm Gartner.
The research company said that Lenovo's sales had increased 10 percent from the year-earlier quarter to 13.67 million units for a market share of 15.7 per cent. HP sales shrank 16 percent to 13.55 million units for a market share of 15.5 percent.
HP had held the top spot since 2006.
Together with Taiwanese company Asus, Lenovo was the only top five computer maker to see sales grow in what analyst Mikako Kitagawa described as a "transitional quarter" ahead of the introduction of Windows 8.
Dell was in third place with 9.2 million computers shipped, followed by Acer (8.6 million units shipped) and Asus (6.4 million units shipped). Total shipments fell by 8.3 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011.
The biggest decline of 13.8 percent came in the U.S. Europe and the Middle East saw sales fall by 8.7 per cent, and Asia-Pacific saw shipments shrink by 5.6 per cent. Latin American sales were down 6.2 percent and sales in Japan dropped 5.4 percent.
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