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HP Still Tops In PCs Worldwide

Hewlett-Packard continued its dominance in the global PC market, broadening its lead over Dell, according to a recent iSuppli report.

HP shipped 13.1 million units during the third quarter, up 3.2 million from the same period in 2006. Dell also increased its units shipped to 9.9 million, compared with the 9.8 million shipped during last year’s third quarter.

The increased shipments pushed HP’s market share to 19.2 percent, a 2.7 percent increase. Dell’s market share fell almost 2 points to 14.6 percent.

“Hewlett-Packard continues to gain momentum in the PC market due to its strong channel presence and its moves to capitalize on the strength of the notebook segment,” said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for iSuppli.

Adding to Dell’s problem is the Taiwanese-based Acer, which posted the best third-quarter performance, with shipments rising an explosive 68.8 percent to 5.4 million, giving it a worldwide share of 7.9 percent.

Leading the way for Acer, and all the companies, were notebook sales. Acer has now displaced Dell as the second largest notebook vendor worldwide.

The other major player on the world PC market was Lenovo. Lenovo’s 8.1 percent of the market, good for third place, was just enough to keep it safe; however, iSuppli believes Lenovo’s position is tenuous as Acer’s recent acquisition of Gateway should give it enough momentum to push it into third place in the near future.