According to preliminary figures released by research firm Gartner, PC maker Lenovo has replaced Hewlett-Packard as the world’s top PC maker.

(Lenovo shipped 13.8 million units in the third quarter, compared with HP’s 13.55 million, and they were the only PC maker, among the world’s top five, that increased its shipments to the US during the third quarter. Lenovo are based in Beijing, China, but before you decry the rise of Chinese manufacturing, they make the ThinkPad, which was originally designed, developed and sold by IBM. Maybe we should be asking, “Who decided to sell off the IBM PC business in 2005?”)