* Growth 10.5 pct vs forecast 13.5 pct
* HP shipments flat, loses share
* Acer, Dell grow slower than market; Apple surges
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 13 Worldwide sales of
personal computers rose a less-than-expected 10.5 percent in
the third-quarter, industry tracker IDC said on Wednesday,
hampered by weak consumer spending in the United States.
Global PC shipments totaled 89.3 million units in the
July-September period, with the U.S. experiencing 3.8 percent
growth versus IDC's expectation of near 11 percent.
"Despite a sluggish start, the quarter ended with a good
rally in September which could be a good prelude for what is
ahead," said IDC analyst Jay Chou in a statement.
Top PC maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N) turned in the weakest
performance of the major vendors. Shipments were essentially
flat from a year ago, and the company lost nearly two
percentage points of market share, falling to 17.7 percent.
Second-place Acer Inc (2353.TW) and third-place Dell Inc
DELL.O both posted growth that was lower than the overall
market. Acer's market share slipped to 13 percent, while Dell's
was nearly flat at 12.5 percent.
Lenovo Group Ltd (0992.HK) and Asustek Computer Inc
(2357.TW) both posted robust growth above 30 percent, while
Toshiba grew at a roughly 15 percent rate.
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) does not rank among the top six PC
makers globally, but the company turned in a strong performance
nonetheless. Apple PC units grew 24 percent in the
third-quarter in the U.S., where it ascended to the No. 3
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; Editing by Bernard Orr)