Hewlett-Packard expanded its lead over rival Dell in the global PC market, according to iSuppli. HP shipped 13.1 million PCs, a 32.7 percent and 3.2 million unit increase from 9.9 million in the third quarter of 2006. This expansion allowed Hewlett-Packard to outgrow global PC unit shipment growth, which amounted to 13.8 percent in the third quarter of 2007 compared to the same period in 2006.
Hewlett-PackardÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s market share expanded to 19.2 percent in the third quarter, up from 18.3 percent in the second quarter, and from 16.5 percent in the third quarter of 2006. This marked the fifth straight quarter that U.S.-based Hewlett-Packard occupied the No.-1 spot in the global PC market, according to iSuppli.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hewlett-Packard continues to gain momentum in the PC market due to its strong channel presence and its moves to capitalize on the strength of the notebook segment,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst for iSuppli.
Meanwhile, fellow U.S. PC OEM Dell underperformed the market with meager growth of 1.5 percent. Dell shipped 9.9 million PCs worldwide in the third quarter of 2007, compared to 9.8 million during the same period in 2006. Company market share fell to 14.6 percent in the third quarter, down from 16.3 percent a year earlier. Dell posted the weakest growth among the Top-5 PC OEMs during the third quarter.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“Despite a renewed focus on its PC business, and the return of Michael Dell to the companyÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s helm, DellÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s channel business is taking time to ramp up and have an impact on company sales,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ Wilkins said.
Dell faces mounting pressure in the notebook PC business from smaller rival Acer Inc. of Taiwan. Acer delivered a stellar performance in the third-quarter notebook market, allowing it to displace Dell as the worldÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s No.-2 maker of such PCs.In fact, Acer achieved the strongest performance in the global PC market of all OEMs in the third quarter, with its shipments rising by an impressive 68.8 percent. PC shipments increased to 5.4 million units in the third quarter, up from 3.2 million in the third quarter of 2006. AcerÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s global PC market share rose to 7.9 percent, up from 5.4 percent during the same period in 2006.
ÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“AcerÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s ascension in market share is due to its strong performance in the notebook business, and its robust sales in the Asia/Pacific and European regions,ÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ Wilkins said. ÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“Acer is executing well in the channel and offering aggressive pricing.ÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚
Despite its impressive notebook shipments in the third quarter, Acer was unable to usurp its current nemesis, Lenovo of China. This allowed Lenovo to retain its No.-3 position, with a market share of 8.1 percent, compared to AcerÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s 7.9 percent. Acer is almost certain to overtake Lenovo in the fourth quarter as a result of the Gateway acquisition and its continued momentum in the notebook PC market, Wilkins predicted.
Global PC shipments amounted to 68.1 million units in the third quarter, up 13.8 percent from 59.9 million during the same period in 2006, and up 11.1 percent from 61.3 million in the second quarter of 2007.
The notebook segment continued to drive the expansion of the overall PC market, with year-over-year growth of 33.5 percent. However, desktop PC shipments increased at a healthy pace as well, increasing to 39 million, up 3.4 percent from 37.7 million in the third quarter of 2006. iSuppliÃƒÆ’Ã‚¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚¢s latest worldwide PC forecast calls for unit growth of 12 percent in 2007.