IDC believes a number of things are driving growth, including the replacement of aging machines, the introduction of new low-cost media PCs, and the simple fact that much of the world doesn't own a computer yet.
HP maintained its position as the top system builder, shipping 14 million units and sitting on 18.1% of the market. Dell finished the quarter at 13%, only 0.4% ahead of Acer, selling 10 million of the world's PCs. Lenovo took fourth place with 10.2%, while Toshiba and Asus both represented 5.3% of the market.
US-only stats are quite similar. HP holds a more dominate 25.7% cut, Dell trails with 24%, Acer is at 11%, Apple takes 8.8%, and Toshiba is placed last among the top five vendors with 8.5%. Going forward, the outfit expects consumer spending to slow during the remainder of the year, while activity in the business segment should remain stable.