Gartner: Apple and Asus were the big winners in Europe in Q3November 14, 2011: 12:14 PM ET
Their PC shipments grew by double digits while the broader market fell more than 11%
While the broader market for PCs fell 11.4% in the quarter, Apple's Mac shipments grew 19.6%. Only Asus, which specializes in Microsoft (MSFT) Windows-based notebooks, grew faster.
Otherwise, writes Gartner's Meike Escherich, "The results in the third quarter of 2011 make unpleasant reading for the PC industry, as the third quarter is traditionally a strong consumer quarter, driven by back-to-school sales."
Sales of netbooks (which Gartner calls mini notebooks) were hit particularly hard, with shipments down more than 40%. Desktops declined 8.7%.