HP is once again the undisputed king of the PC market.
IDC and Gartner, the two leading tech market research firms, both agree the California-based manufacturer now holds the top spot in the market share rankings. They only disagree about when it took the lead from Lenovo; Gartner says it just happened in the second quarter, while IDC says HP took the lead in the first quarter.
But that may be a something of a hollow and potentially short-term victory. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 61.1 million this past quarter, Gartner said, a year-over-year decline that continues a years-long slump for the traditional PC market.
Both Gartner and IDC attributed the decline in part to component shortages, but the longer-term concerns for PCs remain. Most notably, tablets and smartphones are increasingly powerful, which has made it less necessary to buy a traditional computer.
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