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Acer's Aspire One remains a netbook leader, and a strong seller worldwide. Analysts say Acer's netbook sales growth could help it eventually pass Dell for the number 1 PC retailer spot.  (Source:
Analysts say Acer beating Dell is possible, but not likely

The poor global economy continues to pound computer makers of all sizes. Netbooks continue to be popular, yet despite the increase sales of netbook systems most computer makers are still seeing revenues drop and having a hard time meeting analyst expectations.

InformationWeek reports that despite the poor economy and the reduction in computers being built and shipped, Acer could replace Dell as the world's number two PC maker this year. Dell only recently lost the title of number one PC seller in the world to HP.

Despite the chance Acer has of deposing Dell, Acer turned in disappointing numbers for its most recent quarter. The company lowered its 2009 projections for netbooks shipped to between 10 million to 12 million, a reduction from the previous expectation of 12 million to 15 million.

Acer profits for the quarter dropped 31% to $60 million, analysts expected Acer to report profits of $64 million. Total Acer revenue for the quarter fell 6.5% to $3.5 billion, down from $3.8 billion. Taking the number two crown form Dell could prove to be difficult. For Acer to take the second spot from Dell, Dell would have to post another consecutive loss in market share while Acer would need to gain. Dell has seen shipments fall for two quarters in a row.

Analyst Doug Bell from IDC said, "Hypothetically, if Acer grows like they say they are, then it's possible there could be a change in the No. 2 vendor." In Q1 2009 the numbers for Dell and Acer were in a bit of debate. IDC reported that Dell shipped 1.1 million more computers during the quarter than Acer shipped. However, research firm Gartner has the two computer makers in a near tie with Dell ahead of Acer by a meager 1/10 of a percentage.

Bell says with regards to Acer dethroning Dell for the second spot, "Over a million units is a lot of share to take from a stable, mature player. It is possible, but it would be very tough."

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The problem with Dell
By Hacp on 5/1/2009 9:12:12 PM , Rating: -1
Dell's biggest problem is that they don't have any presence in B&M stores. That is where most of the laptops get sold. I don't want to rely on internet pictures to purchase a laptop, which unlike a desktop, is a highly personal item. I want to feel and smell the laptop before I purchase it. I want to test it out for any bugs(like stuttering). Dell needs to get into Best Buy(wow I just realized that they are the only ones left) and have a presence.

RE: The problem with Dell
By mjdaly on 5/1/2009 9:35:33 PM , Rating: 3
I can go to my local Wal Mart, Sams Club, and Best Buy and purchase a Dell laptop or desktop. They do now, in fact, have a presence in several B&M stores.

RE: The problem with Dell
By microAmp on 5/1/2009 9:37:37 PM , Rating: 2

They've been selling them for almost 1 1/2 years now.

RE: The problem with Dell
By hansuede on 5/3/2009 10:04:21 PM , Rating: 2
I perceived the only challenge Dell might encounter is how they can shift their strategy to be more flexible in Asian Market since people around there arn't generally quite into the art.They need something simple and equipped nicely with general specs.They stick to their three gold theory a bit too sturbbonly.
Still,those high-end model Dell presents gain lots of word-of-mouth.Not to consider the 12" inspiron laptop.First Dell laptop which dissappoints me.

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