Remember all that doom and gloom about the death of the PC industry? Yeah, not so much anymore. Fourth-quarter shipment data from two big-name market research firms suggest the market is rebounding.
Things look particularly promising in the U.S., where year-over-year shipments grew 13.1% according to Gartner's figures. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 83.7 million units, a more modest 1% uptick over the same quarter last year.
Those numbers are based desktops, notebooks, and Windows tablets. Gartner doesn't classify non-Windows tablets as PCs, nor does it count Chromebooks.
IDC's results are bound by a different definition that includes Chromebooks but excludes all tablets—even Windows-based convertibles with detachable keyboards. That firm estimates worldwide shipments at 80.8 million units, a decrease of 2.4% compared to last year. The decline still beat expectations, though, and shipments were up 4.7% in the U.S.
Gartner and IDC both agree on the top-three vendors. Lenovo has the top spot worldwide, followed by HP and Dell, while HP leads in the U.S. ahead of Dell and Apple.