Apple took almost five percent of the global laptop market in the first quarter of 2008, new data from DisplaySearch explains, further confirmation of Apple’s continued resurgence.

Apple took 4.6 per cent of the world market for laptops putting the company into seventh place, states DigiTimes, up from its previous number eight position. As the wider market grew 35 per cent, Apple’s sales nearly doublied to to 1.43-million portables from 891,000 units in Q1 2007, the report explains. Apple has also been explained as up 61 per cent in the second quarter overall, Mac sales overall climbed 51 per cent, year-on-year, a rate of growth an astonishing 3.5 times that of the overall PC market. 

Recently, NPD revealed that two-thirds of laptops costing $1,000 or more and sold across US retail chains are Macs. And while that share slides to just 14 per cent for computers costing under $1,000, the news still confirms Apple’s growing footprint in retail Mac sales.

NPD vice president Stephen Baker said, "iMacs are growing and the Windows desktop ain’t. No matter how you look at it, Apple is outperforming Windows,” Baker said.

Apple accounts for 25 per cent of its manufacturer, Quanta’s, revenue, which climbed 18 per cent in the just-gone quarter. "Notebook growth is coming in faster than we expected," said Quanta Vice Chairman C.C. Leung. "There’s some slowdown from the U.S., but Asia and emerging markets are still seeing growth. So far things look positive for overall notebook demand."



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