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HP, Acer dominate PC market

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HP and Acer are the major PC shipment winners in the third quarter of 2007, as the consumer and mobile sectors continue to drive growth. 

Worldwide PC shipments totalled 68,5-million units in the third quarter of 2007, a 14,4% increase from the same period last year, according to Gartner. PC shipments in Asia/Pacific and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) increased 23,4% and 16,4%, while PC shipments in the US grew 4,7%.
"The consumer PC market continues to drive worldwide PC market growth," says Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst for Gartner's Client Computing Markets group.
Hewlett-Packard retained the top position in the worldwide PC market, maintaining five consecutive quarters in the top position. HP's growth in the worldwide market was well above the worldwide average. Gartner's preliminary results show that Hewlett-Packard's growth rate exceeded regional growth averages across all regions.
Dell, placed second in worldwide shipments, achieved its first worldwide shipment increase in four quarters, but its growth rate was well below the worldwide average. Its EMEA and Asia/Pacific results were positive, but it continued to struggle in the US market.
Acer's shipments grew 58%, and by virtue of its Gateway acquisition, Acer should move further ahead of fourth-placed Lenovo next quarter.
Lenovo experienced another quarter of exceeding the worldwide growth average. Asia/Pacific was the major driver of Lenovo's overall growth. But Lenovo also performed well in the US market and grew around the market average in the EMEA region.
In EMEA, PC shipments totalled 22,1-million units in the third quarter of 2007, a 16,4% increase from the same period last year. Shipments in this quarter were higher than the first or second quarters of 2007, showing the seasonal increase in demand for back to school and related promotions. The growth in the mobile PC market continued unabated as adoption continues in mature and emerging markets.
"PC shipments in EMEA grew above expectations," says Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst for Gartner¹s Client Computing Markets Group in EMEA. "Given the current economic uncertainty, it did not stop businesses and consumers purchasing PCs; this reflects the changing status of the PC from a luxury purchase to one of necessity."
The top five vendors continued to increase their share to more than half of the EMEA market.
"Hewlett-Packard reached 20% market share of the EMEA PC market for the first time and now ships one in every five PCs sold in the region," Atwal says.
Its strong performance in the consumer and small business segments helped the company take share from under-performing vendors like Dell and Fujitsu Siemens.
Acer had another strong quarter shipping more than 3-million units for the first time in a third quarter of a year. As a result, the company exhibited the strongest growth with more than 50% year-on-year growth.
Dell is showing signs of recovery with year-on-year growth close to the market average. Dell compensated its weak performance in the desktop segment with strong mobile PC results. Dell¹s revamped brand portfolio has provided the internal focus the company requires to grow individually large accounts, SMB and consumer segments.
The consolidation activity has had little effect on the vendor's performance this quarter and Gartner expects the PC market in EMEA to continue to exhibit double digit growth in the fourth quarter of 2007.