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HP Posts Monster 3rd-Quarter Gains: IDC, Dataquest

NEW YORK -Hewlett-Packard continued its strong performance this year by posting a PC U.S. unit sales gains of almost 50 percent during the third quarter for about 11 percent of the market, according to preliminary reports by International Data Corp. and Dataquest.

However, HP was unable to knock first-place Dell and second-place Compaq out of their slots.

Dell shipped 2.6 million units in the third quarter, up 26.7 percent, for a 19.7 percent market share, while Compaq shipped just more than 2 million units, up 14 percent, for 15.5 percent of the market, the Dataquest report stated.

IDC gave Dell 20.2 percent of the market on the same number of shipments. IDC’s Compaq shipment number was similar to Dataquest’s, but IDC computations gave Compaq an additional point of share and 17.5 percent of growth over the same period last year.

The two research firms use slightly different methods to compile their data, which accounts for the different totals.

Gateway and IBM retained their fourth and fifth places on the list.

Gateway shipped 1.3 million units, a 13.9 percent increase, for a 9.5 percent share of the market, according to Dataquest. IDC’s numbers were somewhat different, and the research firm gave Gateway 8.6 percent of the market on 1.1 million units shipped.

IBM continued its slide with a massive shipment falloff. Data-quest numbers indicated an 18.8 percent de-crease to 741,000 for the quarter, dropping Big Blue’s market share down to 4.4 percent. IDC had IBM shipments dropping 19.5 percent and the company retaining just 5.8 percent of the market.

Dataquest also tracked Apple’s sales for the quarter. Despite severe problems with its stock, the company increased its unit shipments by a very healthy 25.2 percent to 577,000, giving Apple a 4.4 percent share of the market.

In the worldwide market Compaq retained a slight lead over Dell. IDC and Dataquest had Compaq with 13.1 percent of the market by shipping 4.4 million units, an increase of 12.6 percent. Dell held just over 11 percent of the market, according to both research firms, with shipments of about 3.8 million-an increase of about 19 percent.

HP held the third spot on the world stage, as well, with just less than 8 percent of the market on 2.6 million units shipped.

Fourth-place IBM performed better, with worldwide unit shipments rising over 8 percent to 2.4 million for control of just more than 7 percent of the market, according to IDC and Dataquest.

IDC listed Fujitsu fifth with 5 percent of the market on shipments of 1.6 million, an increase of 1.8 percent, compared to the same period last year. Dataquest’s fifth spot went to NEC with shipments of 1.6 million, for 4.6 percent market share.

PC Data, Reston, Va., which tracks unit sales at retail, not unit shipments, gave a different view of the third quarter. Compaq and HP led, effectively controlling almost three-quarters of all PCs sold through stores.

Compaq owned 37.7 percent of the market with HP right behind with 32.7. In third was eMachines with 9.9 percent, followed by Apple with 7.7 percent and private-label PCs with 5.8 percent.

Gateway, despite the huge increase the company is gaining in storefronts through its deal with OfficeMax, had less than 1 percent of the retail share.

Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipments Dataquest’s Q3 records, in 1,000s of units

* Statistics for 2000 are estimated.

Note: Table includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs and PC servers. Fujitsu-Siemens market share, if combined in Q3 2000, would equal 5.0 percent.

Source: Gartner Dataquest, San Jose, Calif.cTWICE 2000

IDC’s Q3 Records, in 1,000s of Units

Note: Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors and represent shipments to distribution channels or direct to end users. Data for all vendors are reported for calendar periods.

Source: IDC, Framingham, Mass.cTWICE 2000