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Best quarter for PC market in six years, IDC confirms

Jeremy C. Owens

The second quarter of 2018 was the best quarter for personal-computer shipments in more than six years, IDC reported Thursday afternoon, confirming an earlier report from rival Gartner. IDC tracked 2.7% growth in PC shipments from the same quarter a year ago, blowing away its projection of 0.3% for the biggest gains since the first quarter of 2012, when the market expanded by 4.2%. Earlier Thursday, Gartner reported the first year-on-year gain since the same quarter, but IDC has tracked gains in the sector in previous quarters while looking at a slightly larger collection of form factors that includes Chromebooks.