Shipments of personal computers skyrocketed in the fourth quarter both in the U.S. and worldwide, according to two research firms who released numbers this week.
IDC found that PC shipments jumped more than 15 percent worldwide and 24 percent in the U.S. Gartner Research put those respective numbers at 22.1 percent and 26.5 percent. Factors cited for the improvement include the rise in popularity of netbooks and other small, inexpensive computers.
In addition, IDC found that HP has retaken the lead in U.S. PC market share with 26.9 percent, followed by Dell with 24.5 percent, Acer with 11.4, Apple with 8 and Toshiba with 7.7. The "other" category made up 21.5 of the market.