Global PC shipments rose 2.7% year-over-year in 2019 to 266.7 million units, the first annual gain since 2011, according to data released by IDC on Monday.
"This past year was a wild one in the PC world, which resulted in impressive market growth that ultimately ended seven consecutive years of market contraction," said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC's Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers.
Lenovo led with 24.3% market share at 64.8 million PCs for the year, HP had 23.6% share with 62.9 million, Dell had 17.5% at 46.5 million units, Apple had 6.6% share with 17.9 million, and Acer Group had 6.4% share with 17 million.
For the fourth quarter, IDC said global PC sales rose 4.8% to 71.8 million units, and Gartner said sales grew 2.3% to 70.6 million units.
In China, the consumer PC market beat the forecast with notebooks showing year-over-year growth thanks to stronger than anticipated demand during the Singles Day (11.11) promotions, IDC said.
"The market will still have its challenges ahead, but this year was a clear sign that PC demand is still there despite the continued insurgence of emerging form factors and the demand for mobile computing," Reith said.