Bangalore: The combined desk-based an mobile PC market in India totalled nearly 2.5 million units in the third quarter of 2011, a 13 percent increase vis-à-vis the same period last year, according to technology research firm Gartner Inc.

"This growth was primarily driven by the mobile PC market, which grew by 29 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2011," said Gartner Principal Research Analyst Vishal Tripathi. "A number of festivals helped drive demand in the consumer market in India. The third quarter was the best quarter in the history of the Indian PC industry, as overall PC shipments crossed 3 million units for the first time," he said.

The consumer segment accounted for 55 percent of PC shipments. "However, we need to be cautious and should not expect the same success to be replicated in the fourth quarter. After the post-festive season, there will be sluggishness in the market," Tripathi said.

All the major multinational PC vendors experienced double-digit growth in PC shipments in the third quarter of 2011.

Multinational brands accounted for over half of the total PC shipments, with Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo, the top four vendors, cornering 51.1 percent of the market.

Local vendor HCL accounted for 5.6 percent of PC shipments. It was the only vendor in the top five to register a year-on-year decline in shipments in the third quarter, Gartner said.