Market researcher IDC reports that Dell has regained the number one PC maker slot, surpassing Hewlett-Packard, which had briefly retaken the number one spot during the last quarter of 2002 after its merger with Compaq. Dell owns 17.3 percent of the worldwide PC market, IDC says, compared with HP, which accounted for 15.8 percent of the market in the quarter ending March 31.
IDC measures shipments to distribution channels or end users. OEM sales are counted under the vendor/brand under which they are sold.
IBM places at a distant number three with 5.4 percent of the market. IDC’s research figures show the PC industry is again growing. Year-over-year sales were up 2.1 percent, according to IDC, with 34.6 million PCs sold. Gartner Research is reporting more optimisitic figures, stating that sales have grown 5.5 percent worldwide. According to IDC, Gateway placed fourth with 4.3 percent, down from 5.6 percent year-over-year. Toshiba rounded out the top five with 3.2 percent, up from 2.7 percent year-over-year.
On Wednesday Apple posted a quarterly profit of $14 million on sales of $1.475 billion. Year-over-year profits were down 65 percent with machine sales of 711,000, down 29,000 from 740,000 Apple reported in the same quarter last year. A red flag for Jobs & Co: Apple’s sales are falling as the overall PC market worldwide showed growth last quarter. IDC’s figures of 34.6 million PCs sold last quarter, which would indicate that Apple accounted for 2.05 percent of PC shipments worldwide.
More information from IDC here.
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