Apple’s Mac unit sales are down, but marketshare is up

New reports from IDC and Gartner research groups show that Apple’s Mac unit sales are down, but marketshare is up in the first quarter of 2019 as the entire personal computer market is in a slump.

The worldwide market for traditional PCs, inclusive of desktops, notebooks, and workstations, declined 3.0% year over year in the first quarter of 2019 (1Q19), according to preliminary results from International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. Global shipments were above expectations, reaching 58.5 million during the quarter.

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IDC says that, though Mac sales were down 0.5% year-over-year, the Mac now has 6.9% of the global PC market on sales of four million in quarter one. That’s up from 6.8% a year ago. Ahead of the Mac globally are HP (23.2% market share), Lenovo (23%), and Dell (17.7%).

According to Gartner, worldwide PC shipments totaled 58.5 million units in the first quarter of 2019, a 4.6% decline from the first quarter of 2018. This research group says that, though Mac sales were down 2.5% year-over-year, the Mac now has 6.8% of the global PC market on sales of 3.9 million in quarter one. That’s up from 6.6% a year ago. Ahead of the Mac globally are Lenovo (22.5% market share), HP (21.9%), and Dell (17.6%).

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In the U.S. Gartner says the Mac has 13% market share, up from 12.6% in the year-ago quarter. That places it third in the U.S. computer market, behind HP with 29.4% and Dell with 28.7%.

Neither IDC nor Gartner include tablets such as the iPad among PC sales.