Some PC Manufacturers Are Doing Okay In A Shrinking Market

 
Against a backdrop of a PC market that shrank 12% year on year a couple of names you might have heard of made good progress this year.
 
In Apple's financial call Tim Cook reported Mac sales up by 9% to 4.8 million units. That gave Apple a notable 7% share of the PC market last quarter.
 
More impressively Microsoft grew its Surface revenue by 117% - I've discussed what that means in terms of unit sales elsewhere. Suffice to say that from a standing start less than three years ago Microsoft's computer division is now shifting between one-third and one-fifth as many PCs as Apple sells Macs.
 
The introduction of the Surface 3 in May won't have had a full quarter effect for Microsoft, so expect the cheaper Surface to potentially drive Microsoft hardware growth even higher next quarter.

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