HP saw more than 28.2% market growth, while Dell, the second overall PC manufacturer, saw -6.9% growth last quarter

Hewlett-Packard extended its lead in PC world market sales in the first quarter, as Dell falls further behind. The first calendar quarter of 2007 saw HP also post record operating profits. According to a report published by IDC, HP's current PC shipment unit share has reached 19.1 percent, 3.9 percentage points over the closest competitor.

"HP is addressing the needs of consumers, small and midsize businesses and enterprise customers with the industry's broadest portfolio of products available through the purchase channels of their choice," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, HP Personal Systems Group.

Acer, which has jumped past Lenovo to earn the third spot, had impressive growth numbers.  Acer's main key to success was EMEA, which represented around 60% of the company's shipments in the first quarter.

IDC and Gartner reports show that personal computer sales for Dell continued to fall in the first quarter for overall global sales. Dell worldwide shipments fell 6.9 percent since the first quarter of 2006, IDC reports indicate. Overall, the U.S. market has been the biggest problem for Dell -- PC shipments dropped 14.4 even though the overall PC market grew a total of 3.6 percent.

HP's increasing domination can be attributed to several key factors.  One of the main reasons is the company's renewed efforts to launch low cost PCs that can attract consumers who need a low-cost, efficient PC. 

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