“DisplaySearch has revealed its quarterly notebook PC shipment and forecast report which stated that 31 million units were shipped in the first quarter of 2008, noting that the notebook PC market shrank 6% on quarter, but increased 35% on year during the period. HP remained in the lead for seven consecutive quarters with a shipment around two million units over number two Dell in the first quarter of 2008,” Joseph Tsai reports for DigiTimes.

“There were also some significant shifts among the smaller brands, including Apple, which surged to number seven from eight in the first quarter after four consecutive quarters, while Asustek grew to number eight. Most of the other top-ten brands have maintained their ranking over the past several quarters, with the exception of Sony, which was originally ranked sixth in the third quarter of 2007, then slid to seventh in the fourth quarter of that year and has recently dropped down to ninth in the first quarter of 2008,” Tsai reports.

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[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]