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PC Biz Posts Strong Q2 Shipment Numbers

7/20/2006 09:14:00 AM Eastern

New York — Hewlett-Packard continued to gain ground on market leader Dell in the U.S. market during the second quarter, with HP boosting its market share to 18.9 percent while Dell remained with a flat, but still commanding, 32 percent of the market.

The market research firms Gartner and IDC reported the U.S. market grew overall in the 6.5 percent range, stronger than originally predicted. Gartner reported 16.6 million computers shipping, while IDC’s figure was 15.9 million. This discrepancy exists due to different tracking methods.

Both companies credited portable computers as being the driving force behind the quarterly increase, although IDC noted desktop sales were also quite strong. In addition, low pricing made possible by price reductions from chip makers Intel and AMD helped keep consumers interested in the computer market.

Gartner specifically cited consumer sales as HP’s main source for its increase. Dell’s recently increased focus on lower pricing, service and support helped it post a strong quarter.

IDC and Gartner had HP increasing its unit shipments by just over 15 percent, more than double Dell’s increase for the quarter. However, the gain did little to offset Dell’s commanding lead, having out-shipped HP by a very healthy 5.3 million units to 3.1 million units during the period.

Gateway and Apple also saw a double-digit bump in units shipped and market-share growth. Gateway shipped about 16 percent more units during the quarter, compared with the same period the year before, while Apple’s ship number jumped 15 percent.

Lenovo, which primarily sells to corporate customers, managed to increase unit shipments by 5 percent while its market share remained flat at around 4 percent.

The only segment to show a loss was the “other” category, which suffered about a 1 point falloff in shipments and a 2 percent decline in market share.

Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q06 (Thousands of Units)


2Q06 Shipments 2Q06 Market Share (%) 2Q05 Shipments 2Q05 Market Share (%) 2Q06-2Q05 Growth (%)
Dell 5,302 32.0 4,988 32.0 6.3
Hewlett-Packard 3,127 18.9 2,713 17.4 15.2
Gateway 1,035 6.2 890 5.7 16.3
Apple Computer 766 4.6 663 4.3 15.4
Lenovo 639 3.9 607 3.9 5.3
Others 5,717 34.5 5,724 36.7 -0.1
Total 16,587 100.00 15,585 100.0 6.4

Note: Data includes deskbased PCs, mobile PCs and X86 servers.

Source: Gartner Dataquest (July 2006)

 IDC's Top 5 Vendors, U.S. PC Shipments, Second Quarter 2006 (Preliminary)

(Units Shipments are in thousands)

                            Q2 2006  Market  Q2 2005  Market 2Q06/2Q05

Rank  Vendor              Shipments Share  Shipments Share   Growth


    1. Dell                   5,437   34.2%    5,111   34.3%      6.4%

    2. HP                    3,195   20.1%    2,765   18.6%     15.5%

    3. Gateway            1,039    6.5%      890      6.0%     16.7%

    4. Apple                   760    4.8%      655      4.4%     16.0%

    5. Lenovo                 640    4.0%      608      4.1%      5.3%

       Others                 4,805   30.3%   4,855   32.6%     -1.0%

       All Vendors        15,876  100.0% 14,884 100.0%     6.7%


  • Source: IDC, July 19, 2006

  • IDC estimates for Gateway are prior to financial earnings reports.

  • Shipments include shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the vendor/brand under which they are sold.

  • PCs include Desktop, Notebook, Ultra Portable, and x86 Servers.

  • PCs do not include handhelds. Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.

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