For example, the leader of the third quarter, namely Lenovo, only sold around 16,000 PC devices, but this was enough for a market share of 24 percent.
The other big analyst company, IDC, paints a slightly more pessimistic picture of the PC market.
Lenovo held on to its crown with a market share of 23.6 percent, up from 21.4 percent in the same quarter a year earlier.
Dell claimed the third spot in both reports, with 11,466 and 10,737 units listed across both reports.
Fourth for Gartner was Apple, with 4,928 devices.
Dell at third position experienced its 10th consecutive quarter of shipment growth, with growth of 5.3 percent in the third quarter this year.
"While this shortage will have some short-term impacts, Gartner does not see any lasting impact on overall PC demand". Gartner, however, had the unit totals listed as an increase of only 50 units.
The firm writes that enterprise demand driven by the Windows 10 upgrade cycle is steadily pushing the market in the right direction.
"Despite the third quarter typically showing strong consumer PC sales due to the back-to-school season, weakness in consumer PC demand continued, offsetting the strong sales in the business market". What's interesting is that in the U.S. breakdown, we see that Microsoft has made its first appearance in the top five, knocking Acer off the table.
The global PC market is still alive, but when Chromebooks and iPads are not included in the statistics, the resulting numbers fail to impress.
IDC listed U.S. shipped devices as 17.2 million.
The EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Japan markets experienced growth in the third quarter while the U.S. and Latin America declined.
HP continued to be the market leader in the U.S. with 30.7 per cent of the market.
According to a report by Gartner, Microsoft has broken into the top five PC makers in the U.S. for the first time PC by acquiring 4% of the market share.
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