The IDC research group's latest data says Apple had 8.8% of the US computer market in the second quarter of 2010. But the Gartner research group has the number at 9.8%.
Gartner says Apple shipped 1.79 million Macs during the quarter, compared to 14 million in the second quarter of 2009. In the year-ago period, Apple had, per Gartner, 9.1% of the computer market, so has seen annual growth of 24.7%.
Gartner, like IDC, lists Apple as fourth among US computer vendors. Ahead of it, by market share, are HP (25.7%), Dell (23.7%) and Acer (11.3%).
Worldwide computer shipments reached 82.9 million units in the second quarter of 2010, a 20.7% increase from the second quarter of 2009, according to preliminary results by Gartner. These second quarter results were slightly above the research group's earlier market outlook. Gartner had expected second quarter computer shipments to grow 19.3%.
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