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NPD Group: Apple led the global handheld PC market in the fourth quarter of 2011

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In partnership with DisplaySearch, the NPD Group revealed today that Apple once again led worldwide sales of portable PCs in the fourth quarter of 2011, placing it at the top of the ranking also in last year's general survey.

The total number of units sold in Q4 2011 was 88 million, a sequential growth of 12% and an annual growth of 44%. Of these, 31.7 million were tablets that grew 42% sequentially and more than tripled since the fourth quarter of 2010. At the same time, notebooks were stable in relation to Q3 2011 and rose only 11% year on year.

Apple took up more than a quarter of the market, with 26.6% thanks mainly to the iPad, but also super-powered by the MacBook Air and others in its line of laptops. Behind her came HP (9.9%), Dell (7.9%), Acer (7.7%) and Lenovo (7.2%).

In 2011 as a whole, Apple sold 62.8 million "portable PCs", according to the NPD.

(via MacNews)