HP Reclaims the No.1 Position on Worldwide PC Shipments, reports Gartner

Worldwide PC shipments increased 6.7% year-over-year to 59.1 million units in the third quarter of 2006, according to preliminary results by Gartner. The U.S. PC market declined 2% in year-over-year shipments to 15.9 million units, first decline in US shipments since the second quarter of 2002.

Worldwide PC Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q06 (000s Units)


Company

3Q06 Shipments

3Q06 Market Share (%)

3Q05 Shipments

3Q05 Market Share (%)

3Q06-3Q05 Growth (%)

Hewlett-Packard

9,652

16.3

8,361

15.1

15.4

Dell Inc.

9,541

16.1

9,210

16.6

3.6

Lenovo

4,444

7.5

4,035

7.3

10.1

Acer

3,468

5.9

2,600

4.7

33.4

Toshiba

2,551

4.3

1,955

3.5

30.5

Others

29,486

49.9

29,256

52.8

0.8

Total

59,143

100.0

55,417

100.0

6.7

Source: Gartner Dataquest (October 2006)
For the first time since the fourth quarter of 2003, Hewlett-Packard moved into the No. 1 position for worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter of 2006, with a lead of 110,000 units over Dell. 

HP's worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter of 2006 increased 15.4% year-over-year, and its market share reached 16.3%. Dell experienced its lowest year-over-year growth in the company’s history, as worldwide PC shipments increased 3.6% in the third quarter, and its worldwide PC market share slipped to 16.1%. Dell’s shipment growth rates were below the industry averages in the U.S. and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.

Dell held onto the No. 1 position in the U.S. PC market in the third quarter of 2006 despite a 7.1% decline in shipments year-over-year. The company suffered from weak deskbased PC growth, which offset solid mobile PC growth across all segments. HP capitalized on strong demand in the home market. Offerings of AMD-based systems aimed at consumers helped HP’s performance in the home market.

U.S. PC Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q06 (000s Units)


Company

3Q06 Shipments

3Q06 Market Share (%)

3Q05 Shipments

3Q05 Market Share (%)

3Q06-3Q05 Growth (%)

Dell Inc.

5,113

32.1

5,506

33.9

-7.1

Hewlett-Packard

3,657

23.0

3,439

21.2

6.3

Gateway

1,013

6.4

1,024

6.3

-1.1

Apple Computer

975

6.1

744

4.6

31.0

Toshiba

813

5.1

664

4.1

22.3

Others

4,352

27.3

4,865

30.0

-10.6

Total

15,923

100.0

16,243

100.0

-2.0

Note: Data includes deskbased PCs, mobile PCs and X86 servers. Workstation shipments are not included.
Source: Gartner Dataquest (October 2006)

The EMEA market increased third quarter 2006 PC shipments 9.1% from the same period last year, as shipments totaled 18.5 million units. HP extended its lead as the No. 1 vendor in the region, while Acer closely edged out Dell to reach the No. 2 position. 

Third quarter PC shipments in Asia/Pacific increased 13.7% from the third quarter of 2005, as shipments reached 15.1 million units. Mobile PC shipments grew 31%, while deskbased PCs are estimated to have grown 9.6%.

The Latin America PC market experienced year-over-year growth of 20% with shipments totaling 4.6 million units in the third quarter of 2006. Mobile PCs increased 65%, while deskbased PCs grew 15%. 

In Japan, third quarter PC shipments declined 3% compared to the same period last year with shipments of 3.5 million units. 

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