Apple is now the fifth largest PC maker in the world, says IDC

Apple is now the fifth largest PC vendor in the world, according to a new report. The Mac maker displaced Asus from the global top five in the International Data Corporation’s latest quarterly PC shipment report, a study that says the worldwide PC market contracted slightly in the second half of 2014.

While the global PC market declined, the -1.7 percent year-on-year contraction was “a sizable improvement” over IDC’s original forecast of -4.1 percent. It also shows something of a stabilization in the global PC market: in Q3 last year, IDC said worldwide shipments declined -7.6 percent after they were forecast to fall almost -10 percent. A recent Strategy Analytics report supported the view that the PC market was stabilizing, and…

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