The 315.9 million units shipped were at the same level as in 2009.
Q4 sales fell 6.9% to 82.6 million units - making seven quarters of decline in a row.
“Consumer spending during the holidays did not come back to PCs as tablets were one of the hottest holiday items,” says Gartner's Mikako Kitagawa, "in emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet.”
The top 5 PC vendors were Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer and Asus.
Apple grew fastest in the US with a 28.5% increase in sales to 2.17 million units representing 13.7% of the US market.