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Report: Mac sales are booming in enterprise, government

There have been conflicting statistics recently about whether Apple is losing or gaining share in the computer market. A new report says large enterprises are gobbling up Macs.

There have been conflicting statistics recently about whether Apple is losing or gaining share in the overall computer market. However, new numbers show Macs making significant gains with enterprise customers, especially really large companies and governments.

Web analytics company Net Applications reported earlier this month that in July Mac lost market share — in terms of the percentage of computers accessing in the Web — for fifth time in the past seven months, dropping to an even 5.0%. Meanwhile, around the same time, Deutsche Bank reported that Apple jumped from No. 7 to No. 3 in the global notebook market during Q2, on the strength of iPad sales.

Now we've got some more Q2 numbers. According to IDC, and reported by Fortune, Mac shipments to businesses increased by 49.8% year-over-year. That's more than triple the growth rate (15.7%) of enterprise sales as a whole. Mac sales to governments grew 200% YoY, which was 16 times faster than the 12.1% growth rate of that segment as a whole. Along with the government sales, Macs also showed the greatest growth in the biggest companies.

Take a look at the two charts below, then take the poll and jump in the discussion to tell us about whether these number are consistent with what you're seeing in your company.

Source: IDC, Needham, and Fortune

Source: IDC, Needham, and Fortune

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