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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report continues to outpace the rest of the PC market, as price cuts for the MacBook Air earlier this year helped boost global PC shipments above 80 million for the first time last year, even amid a declining market.

The big winner this holiday season was Apple, as research firm IDC said it posted a 7.1% market share for a gain of nearly 19% over its 2013 numbers. All other manufacturers were able to post a combined 32.2% share which was down from their 39.6% share one year ago for a decline of nearly 21%. Globally, Lenovo lead the way with shipment of more than 16 million units for a 19.9% worldwide market share and 5% growth over 2013 results. HP was a strong second with just under 16 million units for a 19.7% share and a growth rate of 15.1% year over year. Dell was third with a 13.5% market share (a gain of 8.5% year-over-year) and Acer garnered 7.7% of the market for a 3.2% year over year gain.

Fourth quarter worldwide PC sales numbers show continued gains for HP (HPQ) - Get HP Inc. Report , Apple, Lenovo, Dell and Acer at the expense of all other manufacturers with the assistance of declining tablet sales. According to preliminary figures from IDC, the most recent holiday quarter saw the volume of global PC shipments break the 80 million mark for the first time all year but the numbers were still down when compared to the third quarter as well as the previous year. 2014 shipments totaled nearly 309 million units, down 2.1% from 2013.

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Both the United States and Europe continued to outperform other mature market regions. Not counting Japan, the Asia/Pacific region showed only "a very slight increase in volume." Much of the volume increase can be attributed to the continued presence of "low-priced systems" including Google (GOOG) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class C Report fueled Chromebooks and new, inexpensive laptops running Microsoft's (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation Report Windows 8 + Bing operating system.

"Growth of Chrome, Bing, all-in-ones, ultra-slim, convertibles, and touch systems similarly make PCs more compelling and competitive," said IDC Vice President Loren Loverde. "Nevertheless, some of the gains are relatively small, and weakening drivers like Bing promotions and end of XP support transitions, cast a shadow of doubt on the strength of the market going into 2015."

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In the U.S., HP fared even better then it did globally, with year on year growth jumping to more than 26% while other key vendors also had strong performances. Shipments were more than 5 million, with HP owning a 30.1% market share. Dell was second with 4.3 million units shipped for a 23.8% market share, and Apple came in third in market share, seeing a 18.1% growth rate year over year as the company shipped 2.2 million units, good enough for a 12.7% share of the PC market.

"The U.S. PC market continued to grow in the fourth quarter, outperforming the global market for the tenth consecutive quarter," said IDC's Senior Research Analyst Rajani Singh in a press release. "The past year was supported by Windows XP to 7 migrations in the commercial segment while consumer volume continued to decline.: Singh believes "The U.S. consumer PC market will finally move to positive growth in 2015, strengthened by the slowdown in the tablet market, vendor and OEM efforts to rejuvenate the PC market, the launch of Window 10, and replacement of older PCs."

Rounding out the top five were Lenovo in fourth place with a 10.2% share and Toshiba in fifth with a 6.5% of the U.S. market. All other manufacturers posted a combined market share loss of 26%.

-- Written by Gary Krakow with additional reporting by Chris Ciaccia in New York.

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Gary Krakow is TheStreet's Senior Technology Correspondent

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.