Gartner Inc. preliminary results for fourth quarter of 2012 show Apple in third place in U.S. PC sales and logging 5.4 percent year-over-year Mac system sales growth bucking a 2.1 percent general PC sales decline from the fourth quarter of 2011.
Due to the tight inventory control and preparation for the Windows 8 launch, most PC vendors were able to ship Windows 8 PCs to the retail space. However, PC sell-through was rather weak which leaves some level of inventory concerns for vendors in the consumer market.
Note that Gartner data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad.
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