MacRumors is reporting that according to a research carried out by Gartner, Apple has taken the 5th spot among the top five vendors of PCs as a result of declining computer sales in Western Europe during the third quarter of 2011. Last month, Gartner released some preliminary sales figures for the U.S. & worldwide markets suggesting that Apple had taken 12.9% of the U.S. PC market during Q3 of 2011 which is a substantial jump from the previous quarter.
The source claims:
Apple’s sales in Western Europe were up 19.6% year-over-year, compared to an overall decline of 11.4% for the market. Apple’s performance was understandably strongest in mobile PCs, where it registered 28% year-over-year growth.
In addition to the totals for Western Europe, Gartner also breaks out data for the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, with the UK being the only one of those countries where Apple ranked in the top five. The company’s 21.8% year-over-year growth there landed it in fourth place with 7.8% of the market, although Samsung’s 39% growth left it only slightly behind Apple with 7.3% of the market.
According to the study, HP is still the largest PCs manufacturer in Western Europe with a significant margin, followed by Acer, Asus and Dell.