Recently, HP announced they may be "spinning off" or selling their PC business. However, HP ended up increasing their global shipment figures from 17.3 to 17.7 percent instead.
And this was during the company's most chaotic months, which saw HP replacing former CEO Leo Apotheker with Meg Whitman. According to the reports done by market research firms, it was HP's "business as usual" appearance that seemed to work.
We know that the influx of tablets and smartphones may slow PC sales globally, but trying to get rid of the world's biggest PC business (which seems to be growing as well) just seems like a less than ideal scenario for HP. HP announced a proposal to spin-off their PC business two months ago. And according to Businessweek, HP may be reconsidering the proposed idea.
And for the first time, Lenovo has overtook Dell as world number two PC manufacturer after increasing its shipments to 13.5 percent this quarter. The Chinese manufacturer's strong foothold in China may be a contributing factor.