HP Becomes Number 1 PC Seller Again

HP has become the biggest PC seller again according to figures published by analyst firm Canalys. Apple hold the title for only one quarter as the analyst firm also considered the millions of iPad tablets as computers.

But figures show that HP surpassed Apple by a very thin margin - 40,000 out of a total of 15.8m units. A significant drop in the number of Apple tablets being sold in the first quarter of the year helps explaining this.

In the fourth quarter of last year, Apple sold more than 15 million iPad with that number dropping by nearly a quarter for the the first quarter of 2012.

This can be attributed to the fact that thousands have purchased an iPad for the holidays either for themselves or as a gift which explains the massive jump in numbers towards the end of the year.

Third-placed Lenovo enjoyed a massive jump in sales with year on year growth of 50 per cent while both Acer and Dell were down compared to the previous year.

Overall, the total client market reached 107m for last quarter up by 21 per cent. Laptop and desktop PC shipments rose by 11 per cent and eight per cent respectively while netbooks sales fell by 34 per cent.