PC market roars back, rivals gain on HP and Dell

The PC market is coming back strong, according to new research released today by Gartner and IDC. But HP and Dell, the leading US manufacturers, are losing share to their Asian rivals.

Worldwide PC shipments were up 27.4 percent in the first quarter of 2010, compared with a year earlier, according to Gartner. IDC pegged the year-over-year increase at 24.2 percents, still exceeding expectations.

HP remains the world’s leading seller of PCs, with 18.2 percent of the global market by Gartner’s count and 19.7 percent according to IDC. Both firms estimate that HP shipped almost 20 percent more units than a year earlier, while still losing a little under one percentage point of market share.

Acer, by contrast, was in the No. 2 position with 14.2 percent of the world market, up from 11.7 percent a year earlier, according to Gartner. IDC’s report gives Acer 13.6 percent of the market, up from 11.9 percent.

Both research firms are reporting that Dell’s share of the market also slipped a bit, while Lenovo, Toshiba and ASUS showed gains from a year ago.

IDC and Gartner each use slightly different methods of estimating the market, but their numbers usually track pretty closely. One difference this time: Gartner reported Apple gained almost a point of market share in the United States, while IDC reported Apple lost ground slightly.


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