Gartner: HP Leads, Dell Struggles As PC Shipments Rise Nearly 12% In 2Q

Strong consumer demand drove PC sales worldwide, but Windows Vista has had minimal impact.
Worldwide PC shipments in the second quarter increased by 11.7%, as Hewlett-Packard sold more PCs than the world market average for the ninth consecutive quarter, and Dell continued to struggle, Gartner said Wednesday.

Shipments for the quarter totaled 61.1 million units, up from 54.7 million in the same period a year ago, Gartner said in releasing preliminary numbers. The second-quarter results beat Gartner's year-to-year projection of 10.6% growth. "The PC market experienced a boost from better than expected sales in the United States, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America," Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said in a statement.

Strong consumer demand drove PC sales worldwide, Gartner said, while Windows Vista, released in January by Microsoft, continued to have a minimal impact. HP remained the top vendor, accounting for 18.2% of shipments. The company beat the global growth rate for the ninth quarter in a row, increasing shipments by 36.6% over a year ago. HP showed steady increases across all regions.

No. 2 Dell, on the other hand, continued to struggle, shipping 5.5% fewer PCs than a year ago. The computer maker accounted for 15% of the world market. "Dell had difficulties in its consumer business," Kitagawa said. "Dell made its first major retail shipments to Wal-Mart stores; however, volumes were not significant enough to influence its growth performance in the quarter."

Acer recorded the biggest increase in shipments among the five top vendors, selling 54.2% more PCs year to year. Nevertheless, the increase failed to keep it in third place. Lenovo pushed Acer to fourth by raising shipments by 22.1% to capture an 8% market share. Acer, which had taken the No. 3 spot from Lenovo last quarter, accounted for 7.2% of global shipments.

Toshiba was fifth in the market, increasing shipments by 23.7% to take a 3.9% share.

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