Dell managed to hold on to the second-place spot by a mere 0.2% margin in 2009, but it was also the only top-five vendor to see shipments decline. The company moved 39.9 million PCs, a drop of 9.9% from 2008 that was good enough for a 12.9% share of the market. HP managed to extend its lead by taking an 18.9% market share. Meanwhile, Acer boosted shipments by 21% and grew its share by more than two points to 12.7%.
Acer's success was driven by the notebook PC market. In fact, according to the breakdown provided by iSuppli, notebooks accounted for nearly 80% of the Taiwanese's firm shipments last year. But despite its focus on mobile, desktop shipments actually did relatively well, remaining flat in 2009 versus a 15% decline for the market.
Lenovo and Toshiba also increased market share, grabbing 8.2% and 5.1%, respectively. Overall, PC shipments worldwide actually managed to rebound in late 2009 and grew 1% compared to 2008. That's quite impressive considering the year was off to a very bleak start amid a global economic recession.