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Dell slips to third with HP still leading global sales

Acer has been boasting for a while that it plans to dominate the PC market thanks to aggressive pricing and good products. The company has some of the nicer netbooks and notebooks on the market already, however, the PC market is traditionally topped by American firms like Dell and HP.

The latest results for the PC industry for Q2 2010 are in from Gartner and Acer has booted Dell from the second place spot for global PC shipments and is surprisingly close to HP, which still holds the top spot.

HP owns 17.4% of the global computer market and posted growth of 12.3% compared to Q2 2009. Acer owns the second sport with 13% of the global market with growth of 31.6% compared to Q2 2009. Dell is now in the third sport with 12.4% of the global market and 19% growth compared to last year. The biggest mover on the chart compared to last year is Lenovo with 47.2% growth from Q2 2009 to Q2 2010. Lenovo holds 10% of the global PC market. ASUS and Toshiba round out the top six global PC vendors with 5.2% and 5.1% of the market respectively.

"The preliminary second quarter results indicate ongoing improvement of the PC market, and it marks the third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth on a year-over-year basis," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "End-user spending grew approximately 13 percent in the second quarter. Average selling prices (ASPs) continue to decline, but at a much slower rate compared with the last two years."

The numbers for the quarter show that the netbooks or “mini-notebooks” as Gartner calls them are now entering the mature stage. Netbook shipments reportedly grew in the low 20% range, down significantly from the 70% and higher growth posted in Q4 2009 and Q2 2010.

"Mini-notebook shipment growth slowed significantly in the second quarter of 2010," Ms. Kitagawa said. "Mini-notebook shipment growth still exceeded growth rates of the overall mobile PC market, but mini-notebook growth slowed to the low 20 percent range compared with more than 70 percent in the last two quarters. This slowdown indicates that mini-notebooks are entering a mature growth stage."

HP still dominates shipments in the U.S. market with 25.7% share, Dell is second with 23.7%, Acer is third with 11.3%, and Apple is fourth with 9.8% of the U.S. market. Acer actually lost ground by a slight 0.1% compared to Q2 2009 in the U.S. market while Toshiba grew the most with 39.7% growth compared to 2009. Apple also grew significantly during Q2 in the U.S. with 24.7% growth compared to Q2 2009.

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By StevoLincolnite on 7/16/2010 9:40:30 AM , Rating: 1
I've actually never seen a modern Apple PC in real life, none that were made after the year 2000 anyway.
So to me it's actually surprising they had such growth, then again in the US of A, it is probably a different story than here in Rural Australia where there is different marketing and demographics.

And Dell... Besides the monitors, I always viewed them as the "Cheap and Nasty" brand of system manufacturers, so do many others which probably explains there fall from "power".

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By Akrovah on 7/16/2010 7:09:28 PM , Rating: 2
Cheap and Nasty?

I don't know, every Dell I've worked with in the last 5 years was leaps and bounds above other brands I've had to deal with. Plus Dell seems to be the only OEM that still packages straight Windows install discs instead of system restore discs (or the even worse system restore partitions) so that when you get the system home you can do a clean build with just the OS and drivers and get rid of all that OEM crud nobody really wants.

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By Donkey2008 on 7/19/2010 3:26:44 AM , Rating: 2

Dell isn't flashy, but they get work done. I'm not saying Dell is godly with no fault, but at the same time I have run into tons of supposedly "qualified" IT people who blame Dell for problems that have nothing to do with their hardware. In fact, after 15+ years in IT, it still amazes me how many tech people cannot differentiate between a problem with software vs. a problem with hardware and then go on to blame the manufacturer anyway (i.e. "the user's CRM crashed...again. Stupid Dell!"). Other than a few older Optiplex that were replaced during the bulging capacitor days, I rarely, if ever, have problems with Dell workstations or laptops.

The inclusion of a clean install disk is primo and, like you said, something other companies don't do. The service tags don't hurt asset management either.

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