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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 DallasTexas on 10/20/2006 6:29:24 PM , Rating: -1
I never recommended a Dell just because Dell didn't give you a choice, until recently.

You mean now that they they use AMD it's OK? Do they now pass muster?

HP was willing to ditch Itanium for Opteron.
I had no idea HP ditched Itanium. Did you make that up or wishful thinking?

If it wasn't for AMD's competition, we'd all be stuck with inefficient single-core P4's ...
Would you agree then that w/o Intel, you would be still be paying $1000 for Opteron? Or is it mostly AMD's competition that matters here?

I wanted to build a Core 2 computer for myself, but memory problems (only because it is new) scared me away.

Memory problems scared you away? Post your issues here and we can help you with your memory problems. Usually, it involves making sure the notch is on the appropriate side of the connector.

Did anyone notice that after AMD sued Intel that AMD machines started showing up more and more in the marketplace?

I thought it was because they had a better product for once, but now that you mention it..hmm. I noticed Dell became #2 for the first time in years the instant they used AMD. Let's investigate that theory. In fact, let's check out why Sun Microsystems lost 50% of the value when they chose AMD.

Mixing emotional attachment to a vendor, promote conspiracy and other wierd theories and use them as a guide to being an "advisor" probably undermines your credibility. Reminds me of the guy in my office that recommends some crappy restaurant because the owner is a 'good christian". I said, sure let's eat there for lunch. But when I look for advice for a place for dinner, hmm, not too interested in his opinion.

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