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Samsung and Lenovo increase market share but Apple remains on top of dying PC industry

Despite the growth in tablet shipments, a major decline in PC sales has stalled the worldwide market for PCs and tablets, according to market research firm Canalys.

Tablets continue to gain market share at the expense of desktop and notebook PCs, according to the research firm, which charts total client PC shipments on a quarterly basis, including desktops, laptops, and tablets.

In the second quarter, worldwide tablet shipments managed to grow 42.9 per cent year-over-year while the desktop and laptop markets shrunk 7.4 per cent and 13.9 per cent, respectively, compared with the same period in 2012.

Combined, total client PC shipments of 109 million units in the second quarter marked just a 0.3 per cent gain over the 108.7 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2012, according to Canalys.

The research firm's numbers jibe with earlier reports on second-quarter PC shipments, absent tablet figures, from Gartner and IDC.

In reports released last month, Gartner and IDC found that global shipments of PCs declined by double digits in the second quarter as compared with the same period last year.

Gartner put the unit shipment decline at 10.9 per cent, reporting in early July that PC makers around the world shipped 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, down from 85.3 million last year. IDC, meanwhile, reported 75.6 million PC shipments in the second quarter, down 11.4 per cent from 85.4 million units shipped in the year-ago period.

But within the context of a stalled overall market, some makers of PCs and tablets are doing better than others, according to Canalys. Lenovo in particular enjoyed a strong second quarter, gaining share in its core notebook and desktop categories, as well as boosting its tablet shipments to 1.5 million units in the last quarter, Canalys reported.

"It is striking how successful [Lenovo] has been in globalizing its PC business, and breaking the 1 million unit barrier is an important milestone for its tablet shipments," Canalys analyst James Wang said in a statement. "Lenovo is on an upward curve with its tablets, expanding in mainland China and Latin America, where there is little competition from the likes of Google or Amazon."

Apple, though, still has a leg up on the rest of the competition, by the research firm's numbers, ranking as the top vendor of client PCs with a 4.5 million-units-shipped lead in the second quarter over runner-up Lenovo.

Apple actually slipped a couple of percentage points in terms of its global tablet market share, possibly due to consumers waiting for a follow-up to its current iPad. But Cupertino still managed to move 18.6 million total PC client units for a 17.1 per cent share of the global market in the second quarter, per Canalys.

Lenovo's second-quarter unit shipment numbers were 14.1 million, good for a 12.9 per cent share of the combined PC and tablet market, while Hewlett-Packard (12.7 million units shipped, 11.6 per cent share), Samsung (10.8 million, 9.9 per cent), and Dell (9.5 million, 8.7 per cent) rounded out the top five.