“Dell Computer Inc. continues to stretch out its lead over Hewlett-Packard/Compaq for desktop systems among small businesses, according to a recently released survey conducted by IDC among 850 small businesses,” Ed Scannell reports for InfoWorld. “The survey, called the 2005 U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Business Survey, showed that Dell desktop PCs are owned by 43.5 per cent of the PC-owning small businesses, a significant increase compared to the results of a similar IDC study conducted five years ago. That previous study showed a much closer competition among five different PC makers, where 15 to 20 per cent of the small business PC owners said they had at least one PC from each of those five major suppliers.”
“The HP-Compaq combination, with 32.9 per cent, dropped to number two from the top spot it held five years ago… Both IBM and Gateway held their respective ownership levels over the past five years with each brand owned by 10 per cent of small businesses. Apple also continued to show a strong loyalty among its users, with slightly less than 10 per cent of small companies owning an Apple [Mac] system, particularly among those users involved with graphic arts,” Scannell reports.
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