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HP, eMachines Post Impressive Gains

Hewlett-Packard and eMachines made impressive PC sales gains in the first quarter of the year, according to preliminary research from International Data Corp. and Dataquest, with each boosting unit shipments more than 60 percent compared to the first quarter of 1999.

IDC, Framingham, Mass., had HP shipping 67 percent more PCs in the first quarter this year giving the company 12.2 percent of the market for third place, displacing Gateway, which grabbed a 9.3 percent share. Meanwhile, eMachines sales jumped 83 percent during this period, compared to the same period last year, moving the company to fifth from seventh place. Dell and Compaq remained first and second with 17.1 percent and 16.3 percent of the market, respectively.

HP and eMachines also performed well, according to Dataquest, San Jose, Calif. HP upped the number of PCs shipped by just more than 74 percent for the quarter placing the company third with a 12.6 percent share of the market, behind Del, 16.8 percent and Compaq, 16.4 percent. Gateway fell out of third to fourth with 9.2 percent of the market, while eMachines came in fifth with a 4.4 percent share. Its unit shipment numbers were even greater than HP’s, growing 79 percent for the quarter.

The PC market in the U.S. grew 17 percent the first quarter with 11.5 million PCs shipped, said IDC. Dataquest numbers had growth tabbed at 14.5 percent on just more than 11 million units shipped. The discrepancy between the two analyst firms is due to the manner in which each compiles its data.