Mac sales are up — unless they’re down

Good news: Mac sales are up. Bad news: Mac sales are down slightly. When it comes to research groups, you pay your money and your take your pick.

According to the IDC research group, personal computer sales were up 4.7% during the second quarter of 2019 with Apple Mac sales up.

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That’s 9.6% growth from the year-ago quarter with sales rising from 3.7 million in the second quarter of 2018 to 4.1 million Macs in the second quarter of 2019.

Like other companies, Apple managed to move additional units into the channels to fend off potential tariffs. Additionally, IDC says the recent launch of new notebooks leaves the company in a position with plenty of inventory on-hand. 

According to IDC, Apple ranks fifth among global personal computer makers with 6.3% market share. Ahead of Apple are Lenovo (25.1% market share), HP (23.7%), Dell (17.9%), and Acer (6.6%).

However, according to the Gartner research group, personal computer sales were up only 1.5% during the second quarter of 2019, and Mac sales dropped 0.2%. According to Gartner, Mac sales dipped from 3.72 million Macs in the second quarter of 2018 to 3.71 million units in the second quarter of 2019.

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Despite this, according to Gartner Apple ranks fourth among global personal computer makers with 5.9% market share. Ahead of Apple are Lenovo (25% market share), HP (22.2%), and Dell (16.9%).