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PC shipments fall short of targets, says Gartner

Posted: 22 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pc? desktop? hewlett-packard? ibm?

Global PC unit shipments for the September 2004 fiscal quarter grew by 9.7 percent over a year ago, below market guidance for 12 percent growth and indicative of a weakening market for desktop PCs, according to market research firm Gartner.

The U.S. market was a particular drag on PC shipments, growing at just 5 percent year over year compared to analysts' projections for 8 percent growth, the report said.

"U.S. home notebook shipments were strong during the quarter, but desktop demand was much weaker, which brought down back-to-school shipments overall," said Charles Smulders, vice president of Gartner's Computing Platforms Worldwide group, in a statement.

Gartner says Dell held onto the top position with a 16.8 percent market share, up from 15.2 percent a year ago, with strong sales in Europe. Hewlett-Packard, the second largest PC maker, was flat at 15 percent as the company came under pressure in the U.S market.

Asides from Dell and Hewlett-Packard, IBM held onto the third spot and saw its market share rise from 5.2 to 5.6 percent year over year, while Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens was fourth but flat from last year at 3.6 percent.

Toshiba became the fifth largest vendor with a 3.4 percent market share, up from 3.1 percent a year ago, the report noted.

- Spencer Chin

EE Times

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