The second quarter of 2014 grw by 3.2 percent, ending seven consecutive quarters of decline.
But overall PC shipments were down 8.3 percent for the first quarter of this year, according to the IDC figures.
The decline in the market is largely because people and organisations are moving towards tablets and smartphones, according to Fouad Rafiq Charakla, a research manager at the firm.
But PC vendors are pushing aggressive pricing, new form factors and so the decline is softer in Q2 2014 than in the seven quarters before.
More political stability is helping the trend to spend, and the fact that people are moving from the now defunct Windows XP.