HP PC Shioments Up 21.5% in 1Q 06, Closing Gap with Dell

Hewlett-Packard (HP) gained more than 1 percentage point of share in the PC market in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the same period one year ago, according to a newly issued preliminary ranking from iSuppli Corp.

HP shipped 8.5 million PCs in the first quarter of 2006, up 21.5 percent from 6.98 million in the first quarter of 2005. The company’s market share rose to 14.8 percent during the first quarter, up 1.1 percentage points from 13.7 percent during the same period in 2005.

HP closed its market-share gap with PC leader Dell Inc. to just 2 percentage points, down from 3.3 points in the first quarter of 2005. Dell shipped 9.6 million PCs during the first quarter, giving it a market share of 16.8 percent. This share is down 0.2 percentage points from the first quarter of 2005.

Worldwide mobile-PC shipments were up 41 percent in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the same period in 2005. With shipments of 57.4 million units, up 12.8 percent from 50.9 million in the first quarter of 2005, the PC industry’s first-quarter performance came as a welcome positive note. Most of the growth was generated by the mobile-PC segment, with desktop PC shipments expanding by only 3 percent in the first quarter of 2006 compared to the same period in 2005.

While worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter were down compared to the fourth quarter, this is a typical seasonal pattern for the market. Shipments declined by 8.5 percent in the first quarter from 62.7 million units in the fourth quarter.

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