Apple Surpasses Lenovo in Greater China

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According to the Financial Times, Apple has overtaken Lenovo, the world’s third-biggest personal computer maker by shipment volume, for the first time in terms of sales.

Strong demand for iPhones, iPads and Macs pushed Apple’s second quarter sales in Greater China which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan. An increase of six fold year-on-year, to $3.8bn.

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China is an important market for Apple, and recently became the second largest market for downloads in the Apple’s App Store. Apple’s hit tablet, iPad 2 has been selling like hot cakes since its introduction in May this year.

China’s Lenovo, which impressively was the PC industry’s fastest-growing company for the seventh consecutive quarter, is still the PC market leader in China. China sales rose 23.4 percent year-on-year to $2.8bn. The Chinese company’s share of the Chinese PC market grew 2.3 percent to 31.7 percent.

Lenovo gained market share across all regions and overtook Acer to take the world number three spot last quarter, based on reports by the IDC.

In North America, Lenovo’s shipments rose 30.8 percent from a year ago against a 4 percent decline in the overall market. The US market has become an important pillar of Lenovo’s profits.

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