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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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By Griswold on 10/20/2006 5:49:10 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I don't see how going with AMD machines will help Dell now that Intel has taken the lead.

Of course, people such as you dont understand the concept of catering to the mass market segment where Joe and Janine Average buy, who dont give a flying fuck about the performance crown. The same is true for corporate office customers - you never needed the fastest computer in existence to do your word processing and spreadsheets.

By noxipoo on 10/20/2006 9:55:14 AM , Rating: 2
yes a lot of corporate buyers look at price only but they also look at parts, don't discount the corporate buyers as stupid or something.

By bob661 on 10/20/2006 7:30:52 PM , Rating: 1
It has nothing to do with stupidity. It has everything to do with it not making a damn bit of difference what's powering the box. Most corporate users do not need a powerhouse machine and both AMD and Intel will do the job for those people. Price and service is king in the corporate environment. For the users that require some horsepower than the performance is important. I'm not going to buy a C2D or Athlon FX box for a secretary. That's a waste. The power machines go to the power users. In my company, the power users get custom built machines because it's more cost effective to buy and easier to tailor the machine to exactly their needs.

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