HP Passes Dell In Worldwide PC Shipments

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New York - Hewlett-Packard squeaked by Dell to become the top PC shipper worldwide for the third quarter, however Dell retained its lead in the U.S. market by a comfortable margin, according to the research firms IDC and Gartner.

Gartner had HP shipping 9.6 million units worldwide for 16.3 percent of the market, while IDC credited HP with 9.831 million units shipped for 17.2 percent of the market with Dell shipping 9.803 million units in the quarter. Gartner said Dell’s worldwide year over year increase was the worst ever posted by the company coming in with only a 3.6 percent increase.

Domestically Dell lost a few points of market share to HP and saw its shipment numbers fall with IDC showing a 6.7 percent fall off compared to the third quarter last year. Gartner had Dell down 7.1 percent. Despite this both research firms firmly placed Dell on the top of their lists.

Overall the U.S. PC market was down. IDC found the fall off at just a hair under 1 percent on 16.9 million units shipped. Gartner reported a drop of 2 percent to 15.9 million units shipped. Worldwide IDC said shipments grew 7.9 percent, while Gartner placed growth at 6.7 percent.

Apple was the big winner for the quarter grabbing an extra point of market share on unit shipment increases in the 30 percent range, according to the research firms. IDC credited the strong growth to Apple’s shift to Intel processors. Toshiba scored very well on Gartner’s study boosting shipment numbers 22.3 percent and gaining about 1.5 percent market share. IDC was less flattering showing 7.6 percent growth and a less than 1 percent market share increase.

Gateway was essentially flat on both reports.

Shipment and market share numbers differ due to the different reporting styles utilized by the two companies.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q06 (Thousands of Units)



Company


3Q06 Shipments


3Q06 Market Share (%)


3Q05 Shipments


3Q05 Market Share (%)


3Q06-3Q05 Growth (%)


Hewlett-Packard


9,652


16.3


8,361


15.1


15.4


Dell Inc.


9,541


16.1


9,210


16.6


3.6


Lenovo


4,444


7.5


4,035


7.3


10.1


Acer


3,468


5.9


2,600


4.7


33.4


Toshiba


2,551


4.3


1,955


3.5


30.5


Others


29,486


49.9


29,256


52.8


0.8


Total


59,143


100.0


55,417


100.0


6.7

Note: Data includes deskbased PCs, mobile PCs and X86 servers. Workstation shipments are not included.

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

Rank

Vendor

Q3 2006
Shipments

Market
Share

Q3 2005
Shipments

Market
Share

3Q06/3Q05
Growth

 

Dell

5,258 

31.0%

5,638 

33.0%

-6.7%

HP

3,725 

22.0%

3,486 

20.4%

6.9%

Gateway

1,023 

6.0%

1,020 

6.0%

0.3%

Apple

975 

5.8%

737 

4.3%

32.3%

Toshiba

715 

4.2%

664 

3.9%

7.6%

 

Others

5,260 

31.0%

5,532 

32.4%

-4.9%

 

All Vendors

16,956 

100.0%

17,077 

100.0%

-0.7%

(Units Shipments are in thousands)

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