HP remains No. 1 in PCs
Hewlett-Packard continued its sprint ahead of the competition in the second
quarter of 2007, remaining the No. 1 PC vendor
in the world. While Dell has continued to struggle, Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba
showed positive signs, each outpacing the worldwide PC market growth rate of
12.5 percent, according to IDC.
HP continued its successful run of strong quarters, leading all PC makers by
shipping 11.3 million units, good enough for 19.3 percent of the overall market.
Dell's global shipments were down almost 5 percent--to about 9.5 million
PCs--from a year ago, but remained in second place behind HP.
Dell has taken a hard fall, though it's at least taken steps to recovery. The
Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker, in trying to reclaim its momentum with
consumers is now offering a line of its PCs in Wal-Mart stores, a
fairly bold move and a departure from its traditional sales model. On the other
hand, adding color to its notebook lineup, announced last month, is a bit of a
me-too effort. In both cases there hasn't been enough time to see whether pink
laptops or Wal-Mart's pull with shoppers have had any real effect on demand for
Dell PC products.
Meanwhile, HP has experienced "rapid growth, and they have room to run,"
according to IDC analyst Loren Loverde. "If you look at where they're growing,
making big strides in the U.S. despite a relatively soft market. They're clearly
taking advantage of Dell's misfortunes."
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