The Mac now has over 7% of the personal computer market in western Europe, according to new data from the Gartner research group (

For the third quarter of 2011 (Q311) Apple had 7.6% of the market. That compares to 5.7% of the market in the year-ago quarter for 19.6% year-over-year growth.

HP is the number one computer vendor in western Europe with 22.7% (down 7.5% year-over-year). Also ahead of Apple are Acer (15.2%, down 45.1% year-over-year), ASUS (10.6%, up 20.3% year-over-year) and Dell (9.8%, down 10% year-over-year).

For the entire United Kingdom, Apple has 7.8% market share, up 21.8% year-over-year, trailing only HP (19.2%), Dell (15.4%) and Acer (11.3%).