Lenovo claims to be beating Mac in U.S. sales

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Mac sales have been growing impressively for the past few years, but according to a new press release they’ve run into a Lenovo-shaped obstacle in their climb.

That’s according to new figures released by (surprise, surprise) Lenovo, which claims that it has overtaken Apple in personal computer sales in the U.S. market for the first time ever. If these figures are accurate, it means that Lenovo has kicked Apple aside to take third place in the U.S., taking its position behind PC giants Dell and HP.

Lenovo’s data is based on figures gathered over the past three months, alongside additional numbers from the IDC. Interestingly, Gartner places Lenovo behind Apple, in fourth place, meaning that you can pick and choose which figures you believe are more accurate.

In their statement, Lenovo notes that:

“For the first time, Lenovo’s EMEA revenue surpassed its China PC revenue in the quarter, while in the US, Lenovo surpassed Apple to take the number three position in PC shipments in the fourth quarter.”

Adding the total PCs and tablets sold into a single category, Lenovo claims that it has sold 64 million devices, up 18% year over year. As per Lenovo’s CEO and Chairman, Yuanqing Yang: “The record sales and profits that we delivered last year prove that Lenovo can grow and deliver its commitments, no matter the market conditions.”

Do you think Lenovo can keep its momentum going, or will Apple take back the number 3 position in the U.S. next quarter?

Either way, it’s safe to assume that someone on the iMac sales side is going to be having a less than sunny day in Cupertino today.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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