I guess the introduction of Intel Haswell line of processors along with the recently released Windows 8.1 did lend a hand to the faltering PC industry, notebooks in particular.

Shipments of laptops in the third quarter of 2013 grew by a particularly healthy count.

This latest data is provided by WitsView — the display research unit of the global intelligence provider TrendForce. And according to these new details, around 43.4 million units of notebooks were shipped in Q3, representing a 10.1 percent increase over the previous quarter.

In fact, the top nine notebook makers in the world managed an increase of 6.3 percent.

Not all news is flattering, however. While the quarter-over-quarter shipments are a cause for joy, they still make for an on-year dip of 5.1 percent. Tablets and other portable mobile devices really are hurting laptops, no two words about it.

In terms of which brand came out on top, there are plenty of numbers to go by.

HP took the lead and managed to ship 8.2 million units — an impressive increase of 15.8 percent on-quarter. Dell came in at second place with its shipment figures of 5.1 million, but still registered an even more significant increase of 20.8 percent.

Apple, in the meantime, came in at third with 3.1 million units and a 48 percent rise in shipments.

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  • Mike Greenway

    How can you tell if a laptop is hurting? I’m going to keep my laptop in at night so it doesn’t get hurt by tablets. (words don’t mean what they used to 🙂

    • Fahad Ali

      Well I like to think as my technology possession as high personal items. 😛 Prized items!

      Beside, I don’t ever sell my technology relics, they stay with me in a safe place. Atari 2600, NES, Sega Genesis, PocketPC, a 486, a Pentium II, Pentium IV are still with me in near mint condition, as are a couple of old laptops.

      Occasionally I do give away old stuff, but yeah hurt here means means in sales and shipment terms.