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HP gains PC market share

Posted: 23 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spencer Chin? Hewlett-Packard? HP? iSuppli?

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) gained more than 1 percentage point of share in the PC market in Q1 of 2006 compared to the same period one year ago, according to preliminary data from iSuppli Corp.

HP, which reported strong Q1 earnings, shipped 8.5 million PCs in the Q1 of 2006, up 21.5 percent from 6.98 million in Q1 of 2005, said iSuppli. The company's market share rose to 14.8 percent, up 1.1 percent from 13.7 percent during the same period in 2005.

According to iSuppli, HP closed its market-share gap with PC leader Dell Inc. to just 2 percentage points, down from 3.3 points in the last year's Q1. Dell shipped 9.6 million PCs during the Q1 for a 16.8 percent share, down 0.2 percentage points from the Q1 of 2005.

"HP achieved very strong growth in the first quarter compared to 2005," said Matthew Wilkins, senior analyst with iSuppli, in a statement. "However, it did not manage to topple archrival Dell from its number-one position in the overall first-quarter PC rankings."

Dell is likely feeling the heat of HP's market gains. Late Thursday, Dell said it would roll it new servers, based on AMD's Opteron processor. It is the first significant use of AMD processors by Dell, long an Intel customer.

Wilkens also noted that Acer, the fourth largest PC supplier, gained ground with shipments rising 41 percent year-over-year, closing its market-share gap with number-three PC maker Lenovo.

Overall, Q1 PC shipments rose 12.8 percent year-over-year, from 50.9 million to 57.4 million units, said iSuppli. Most of the growth was generated by the mobile-PC segment, with desktop PC shipments rising only 3 percent year-over-year.

- Spencer Chin
EE Times

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