HP extends market lead over Dell in PC sales

Hewlett-Packard has extended its lead over Dell in personal computer sales according to two industry reports.

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Hewlett-Packard has extended its lead over Dell in personal computer sales according to two industry reports.

HP's worldwide PC market share grew to 17.6% in the first quarter of 2007 with sales of just over 11 million units, according a preliminary report from Gartner. That is a 28.7% year-over-year increase in PC unit sales. In the first quarter of 2006, HP's share was 14.9% on sales of 8.6 million units.

Dell, meanwhile, saw its share drop to 13.9%, from 16.4% in the year ago quarter, based on a 7.8% decline in unit sales to 8.7 million.

A report from IDC also shows HP gaining share at Dell's expense, though with slightly different numbers. IDC says HP's share grew to 19.1% from 16.5% in the year ago quarter and Dell's declined to 15.2% from 18.2%.

The IDC and Gartner reports do not include sales based on revenue.

Overall, PC sales rose 8.9% worldwide to 67 million units in the Gartner report and by 10.9% to 58.9 million units in the IDC report. IDC also notes that first quarter growth exceeded its forecast of an 8.5% increase. IDC said the growth was stronger in the portable PC and consumer markets than in commercial markets.

But the two companies, which define the term 'PC' in slightly different ways, differ on the market share rankings of the rest of the top tier vendors.

Gartner ranks them as: Acer (a 6.8% share), Lenovo Group (6.3% share) and Toshiba (4.1% share). The way IDC sees it as, Lenovo and Acer tied for third (6.7% each) and Toshiba followed with 4.3%. IDC reports that Acer and Lenovo each sold 3.969 million units in the first quarter.

Although past releases of new Microsoft operating systems could be counted on to stimulate PC sales, both reports stated that the release early this year of Vista caused little overall impact on PC sales.

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