Following five quarters of double-digit growth, the global personal computer (PC) market saw annual growth drop to 5% in the third quarter of 2021, reports Canalys. And Apple’s Mac saw growth in sales and market share.

Canalys says that shipments of desktops and notebooks, including workstations, were 84.1 million units for quarter three. The PC market has undergone a two-year compound annual growth rate of 9% from the third quarter of 2019. Notebooks and mobile workstation shipments grew 3% year-on-year to hit 67.4 million units, while shipments of desktops and desktop workstations rose 12% to 16.6 million units.

Canalys says that, of the top five PC vendors, all but one continued to post-shipment volume growth in quarter three of 2021. Lenovo led the market with 19.8 million units shipped, for a modest increase of 2.5% year-on-year. HP maintained second position, but underwent a 5.7% decline, with a drop off in Chromebook shipments to the US playing a major role in the downslide. 

Third-placed Dell was the big winner, posting the highest growth at 26.7% with over 15 million units shipped and a market share gain of over 3% from a year ago. Apple and Acer rounded out the top five with healthy growth of 14.4% and 5.7% respectively, with the former also enjoying a market share gain.

The Mac now has 9.4% of the PC market, compared to 8.5% a year-ago. Sales increased from approximately 6.9 million in the third quarter of 2020 to 7.8 million during the third quarter of 2021. (Canalys’ PC estimates don’t include tablets such as the iPad.)

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