Annual global PC sales rose for the first time in eight years, according to data released by International Data Group late Monday. Global PC shipments rose 2.7% year-over-year to 266.7 million units, the first annual gain since 2011, when PC sales rose 1.7%, according to IDC. “This past year was a wild one in the PC world, which resulted in impressive market growth that ultimately ended seven consecutive years of market contraction,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers. “The market will still have its challenges ahead, but this year was a clear sign that PC demand is still there despite the continued insurgence of emerging form factors and the demand for mobile computing.” For the year, Lenovo Group Ltd. 992, +3.38% led with 24.3% market share for 64.8 million PCs, HP Inc. HPQ, +0.37% had 23.6% share with 62.9 million, Dell Technologies Inc. DELL, +0.65% had 17.5% at 46.5 million units, Apple Inc. AAPL, +2.14% had 6.6% share for 17.9 million, and Acer Group had 6.4% share for 17 million. For the fourth quarter, global PC sales rose 4.8% to 71.8 million units.
Annual global PC sales rise for the first time in eight years, according to data released by industry tracking firms late Monday.