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PC Sales Soar Due to Increased Business Demand
Shipments Of personal computers grew nearly 12 percent worldwide in the third quarter, driven by rising commercial demand and strong European sales, according to IDC, a research company that tracks shipments.
A PC shipments report released Monday by another firm, Gartner, Inc., reported quarterly growth of 9.7 percent, with lower-than-expected U.S. shipments limiting overall growth.
Dell remained the worldwide PC market leader, boosting its share to 18.2 percent and posting more than 20 percent shipment growth over the same quarter a year ago, IDC said. Gartner put Dell's share at 16.8 percent.
Hewlett-Packard was No. 2 in the market. IBM Corp. remained third, followed by Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens and Toshiba.
Total PC shipments for the July-September period rose to 44.2 million units, compared with 39.5 million a year ago, according to preliminary figures from Framingham, Mass.-based IDC. The total was 0.5 percent above IDC's forecast, and second only to the fourth quarter of 2003 in total volume.
The performance marked the sixth consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage growth.
Gartner, which uses slightly different measurement methods than IDC, reported 46.9 million units shipped, compared with 42.8 million in the same quarter a year ago.
Quarterly PC shipments in the United States grew 5 percent, below the firm's forecast of 8 percent growth. Other regions were in line with expectations. IDC attributed overall growth to aggressive pricing by PC makers, along with rapid adoption of mobile technology, businesses replacing older computers and the strength of the Euro in currency markets.
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