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The PC market has been in gradual, continuous decline for several years. — IStock.com pic via AFPThe PC market has been in gradual, continuous decline for several years. — IStock.com pic via AFPLOS ANGELES, Oct 12 — Research firm Gartner reports that 67 million PCs were sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2017, a 3.6 per cent drop year on year. American manufacturer HP comes in slightly ahead of Chinese brand Lenovo as market leader in terms of sales, each with a market share topping 20 per cent.

More than two in five personal computers sold worldwide are now made by HP or Lenovo. HP sold 14.5 million PCs between July and September 2017, representing a market share of 21.8 per cent (up 1.7 percentage points on Q3 2016). For Q3 2017, the firm comes ahead of Lenovo (14.3M, 21.4 per cent), Dell (10.1M, 15.2 per cent), Asus (4.8M, 7.3 per cent), Apple (4.6M, 6.9 per cent) and Acer (4.3M, 6.5 per cent). Note that for Apple, the drop in sales (-5.6 per cent) was greater than the market average.

The data includes all types of PC (including desktop models), but does not include Chromebook computers or iPad devices. — AFP-Relaxnews

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