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PC Makers

In the United States market, Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE/HPQ) is one of the top PC (personal computer) makers, accounting for more than a quarter of the market. Dell is the second-largest PC maker in the U.S.; Apple is third.

It’s a different story when it comes to the top PC makers globally, though. Based in China, Lenovo Group Limited is the world’s largest PC maker, followed closely by Hewlett-Packard. Dell Inc., Acer Inc., and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. round out the list of the top-five global PC makers.

After enjoying decades of escalating success, PC makers have recently seen their sales decline. In 2013, units shipped by global PC makers declined by 10% year-over-year—a record drop reflecting the rising prominence of mobile technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, and the way consumers share information.

To succeed, PC makers will have to diversify their offerings and embrace the technological trend away from stationary PCs to more mobile devices.

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