“Apple Computer Inc. maintained its lead in the number of unique visitors to computer hardware e-commerce sites for December, with 21.71 million visitors, 24% more than the 17.54 million visitors to second-ranked Dell Inc., Nielsen/NetRatings Inc. reports. Hewlett Packard Co. came in third in December, with 12.22 million visitors, followed by Sun Microsystems Inc., 4.16 million; IBM Corp., 2.6 million; Gateway Inc., 2.41 million; Seiko Epson Corp., 1.44 million; XM Satellite Radio, 1.42 million; palmOne Inc., 1.42 million; and PlayStation.com, 1.37 million,” InternetRetailer.com reports. “Nielsen/NetRatings reports that Apple also led in the average amount of time per visit, with 31 minutes, 5 seconds, followed by IBM, 26 minutes, 53 seconds; and Dell, 22 minutes, 47 seconds.”

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