Overall worldwide PC sales declined for both the fourth quarter and year in 2018, while Lenovo Group Ltd. 0992, +0.56% and Dell Technologies Inc.’s DELL, -3.73% share of the market grew, according to research firm Gartner on Thursday. Global PC sales fell 4.3% to 68.6 million units in the fourth quarter, and 1.3% to 259.4 million in 2018, Gartner said. “Just when demand in the PC market started seeing positive results, a shortage of CPUs (central processing units) created supply chain issues,” said Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. “After two quarters of growth in 2Q18 and 3Q18, PC shipments declined in the fourth quarter.” Market share for Lenovo and Dell grew, however. Lenovo’s market share grew to 24.2% from 21.9% in the fourth quarter, and to 22.5% from 20.8% for the year, overtaking HP Inc. HPQ, +1.23% for the top spot over both periods. Dell retained its third-place standing while its market share grew to 15.9% from 15% for the fourth quarter, and 16.2% from 15.1% for the year. Sales of Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.32% PCs remained in fourth place while market share rose fractionally to 7.2% for the quarter and declined fractionally to 6.9% for the year.
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