Apple took fifth place in the US notebook market with seven per cent market share in the second quarter 2003, IDC has confirmed.

The analyst firm's statistics show that worldwide notebook sales rose 22.4 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter 2003. US shipments grew 18 per cent year on year, CNet reports.

The news could suggest a small rebound in commercial PC sales, IDC analyst Allen Promisel surmised to CNet: "In a quarter where you typically see a drop in units, we saw commercial demand pick up. Effectively, this could mean that we've seen the worst and we're pulling out of it."

Dell took the lion's share of the US notebook market with 26.6 per cent, followed by HP with 20.3 per cent, Toshiba 9.6 per cent and IBM with 9.3 per cent. Gateway came in sixth with 4.1 per cent of the market.

IDC estimates that notebook sales could account for 35 per cent of US PC sales by 2007.

Apple's shares closed at $22.85 yesterday, up 1.06 per cent on its opening price and 0.05 cents under the stock's 52-week high.