Eee PC drives laptop growth

Apple’s laptops shipments grew 61 percent from the first quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2008, according to DisplaySearch. The research firm said shipments rose from almost 900,000 to just over 1.4 million.

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The market for mini-laptops - with displays from 4.5in to 10.2in – has grown 3,056 percent over the last year seen growth of 70 percent in the last quarter, according to research firm DisplaySearch.

The growth rate from 2007 to 2008 tells a different story. Apple is second overall in growth behind Assus, whose Eee PC typifies this burgeoning market, grew 67 percent from 2007 to 2008.

Apple's laptop shipments grew 61 percent from the first quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2008, according to DisplaySearch. The research firm said shipments rose from almost 900,000 to just over 1.4 million coming in behind Assus, with Lenovo the only other company that was close, recording 58 percent growth.

Most of the other companies saw growth between 20 and 40 percent, except Sony, which posted a meagre three percent growth for the same period.

The growth puts Apple in seventh place in the overall laptop market with 4.6 percent. HP (20.8 percent), Dell (15.1 percent), Acer (14.6 percent), Toshiba (9.3 percent), Lenovo (7.5 percent) and Fujitsu-Siemens (5.2 percent) all had higher market share numbers. Asus (4.3 percent) and Sony (4.2 percent) rounded out the list behind Apple.

In all 31.1 million laptops were shipped in the first quarter of 2008. DisplaySearch is forecasting shipments of 135 million units for the year.

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