Still, they declined, and chances of a total rebound are close to nil, says the market researcher. IDC has just posted its new report that tallies the worldwide PC shipments for the third quarter of the year.

And the numbers show that a total of 81.6 million PCs were shipped last quarter.

While the research group had earlier pegged an overall decline of 9.5 percent, the market only shrunk by 7.6 percent. It still went down though, but as you will find below, there are enough signs that Windows 8.1 will lend a hand to the PC industry once it launches later this month.

As for the statistical breakdown, Lenovo kept its leadership of the PC pack with a 17.3 percent market share, but HP is lethally close with 17.1 percent. Both companies, in fact, experienced 2.2 percent and 0.4 percent growth rates respectively, which are impressive in an overall declining market.

Dell rounds up the top three with 11.7 percent.

It also experienced growth for the first time in quite a while. A 0.3 percent increase is small, but then again, things have been on a continuous downwards trend since the fourth quarter of 2011.

Asus and Acer, however, did not have too many reasons for delight — quite the opposite, in fact. The former witnessed a market share decline of an enormous 34.1 percent. And Acer had even worse numbers to its name, with a decrease of 34.5 percent.

Since these are worldwide numbers, Apple does not make the cut. But it still holds the number three position in the United States, and saw its market decline by 11.2 percent, no less.

With Windows 8.1 just a stone’s throw away, all eyes are on just what kind of an effect Microsoft’s newest operating system has on the market. Many are still wondering whether PCs will ever make a comeback and start posting growth.

The way things are going, chances for this happening are getting slimmer by the day.

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