Hewlett-Packard continues to gain market share over Dell in the global market; worldwide PC shipments rise 12%

Growing demand in Asia and continued strength in the U.S. market led to a strong second quarter of global personal computer sales, reported IDC and Gartner.  Compared to the same April-to-June time frame in 2006, there was 12.5 percent growth in the second quarter of the 2007 fiscal year.

Excluding Japan, IDC reports the Eastern Asian market flourished the most, seeing 20 percent growth.  According to IDC analyst David Daoud, the Japanese PC market continues to be weak, especially compared to the rest of the Asian market.

Hewlett-Packard remains the world's largest PC manufacturer, with almost 37 percent growth in the second quarter.  The growing number helped the company widen its market share lead over Dell.   

Dell, which currently sits in second place in the global market, lost 5 percent in the worldwide market, and almost 11 percent in the U.S. market -- the only company of the top five who lost market sales.  To help stay competitive in both markets, Dell is now selling its products through retail stores, opening up the floor to its customers, and is cutting employees.

Top five companies worldwide:  HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, Toshiba
Top five companies U.S. market: Dell, HP, Gateway, Apple, Toshiba

The January release of Microsoft Vista has yet to boost PC sales, though it will likely take a few more months before the boost is seen.

With the help of consumers and small and midsize businesses, IDC predicts PC sales will be strong through 2008.

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