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HP edges past Dell in global PC shipments for the third quarter

Dell has been sitting in the driver's seat for PC shipments ever since the fourth quarter of 2003. That all changed during the third quarter of this year as Hewlett-Packard eased into the first place position. According to the latest figures from Gartner Dataquest, HP saw its worldwide shipments climb by 15% to 9.65 million units. Dell, on the other hand, saw its shipments rise by just under 4% to 9.54 million units.

"We are delighted to have reclaimed the number-one share position in a period where we also achieved profitability and revenue milestones," said HP executive CP Todd Bradley.

Analysts point to HP CEO Mark Hurd as the reason behind the company’s change of fortune. Hurd took over for Carly Fiorina in 2005 and has made great strides in trimming HP’s workforce, cuttings costs and boosting revenue.

Dell shares dropped by 6.19% to $23.17 today upon the announcement of the news. Dell depends heavily on its US operations for PC sales and a 7.1% slide in US shipments gave HP an opening. "The rate of growth reflects our efforts to rebalance our execution in areas such as pricing, growth outside the U.S. and improved customer experience," said a spokeswoman for Dell.

An analyst for Banc of America Securities wasn’t so optimistic. "If the company is unable to meet revenue estimates during a robust PC demand environment, how will the company be able to meet expectations during a weaker, slowing growth environment,” wrote Keith Bachman.

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RE: Dell and Alienware
By drebo on 10/20/2006 1:29:31 AM , Rating: 1
90 Proof alcohol is only 45% alcohol content by volume. Cashaca, certain rums, vodka...these are all in the 90 Proof range.

Now, if you're talking about 180 Proof, that's 90% alcohol content by volume, that's what's known as Everclear, and it's hardly fatal to drink it. Even grain alcohol, which is slightly higher than that, isn't fatal to drink.

Though, if you get up to 200 Proof(wood alcohol), you'll start hallucinating and then you'll most likely die.

RE: Dell and Alienware
By Furen on 10/20/2006 2:07:15 AM , Rating: 2
Methyl alcohol is poisonous even if way under 200 proof. Ethyl alcohol would be drunk at 99%+ concentration if these could be attained without denaturing it.

RE: Dell and Alienware
By smilingcrow on 10/20/2006 2:57:38 AM , Rating: 3
What’s with all the alcohol references! Has HP hitting the top spot made Mickey Dell hit the bottle?

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