Worldwide shipments of personal computers topped 88.3 million units in the third quarter of 2010, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc.

Although sales were up 7.6 percent from the third quarter of 2009, the percentage increase was significantly less than the research firm's earlier market outlook. Gartner had expected third quarter PC shipments to grow 12.7 percent.

"The major growth inhibitor in the third quarter of 2010 was softness in consumer PC demand in the U.S. and Western Europe" said Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa. "Consumer mobile PC demand, driven by low-priced notebooks, including mini-notebooks, slowed after very strong growth the past two years."

The biggest seller of PC's in the third quarter was HP which sold 15.4 million units or 17.5% of all computers sold in the quarter. The next biggest seller was Acer with 11.5 million units, followed by Dell (10.8 million units), Lenovo (9.1 million units), Asus (4.8 million), and Toshiba (4.7 million). The top six PC vendors accounted for 62

In the U.S., PC shipments surpassed 17.6 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 2.2 percent increase from the third quarter of 2009. With 4.5 million units sold, HP also led the sales parade in the U.S. with a 25.3% share.

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