HP maintained its lead over Dell as the world's largest PC supplier in the third quarter of 2007, extending a slim margin it established last year, according to market researcher IDC.
The number of PCs shipped worldwide was 66.85 million, a 15.5 percent year-on-year increase. The jump was attributed to a strong demand for portable computers, including laptops and ultraportables, and PC demand in the small- and -medium business market.
HP shipped 13.1 million PCs worldwide in the third quarter, a 19.6 percent market share and a 33 percent year-on-year increase. Dell followed in second place, shipping 10.18 million units, a 3.8 percent increase over the previous year, IDC said. Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba followed in the third, fourth and fifth spots, respectively.
Acer, which became the world's third-largest PC vendor when it completed its acquisition of Gateway on Wednesday, recorded a 59.2 percent increase in worldwide PC shipments. These quarterly figures are before the acquisition was final.
HP has momentum on its side, while Dell is in the process of restructuring, said Loren Loverde, programme director at IDC. At the same time, many users are making the conversion from desktops to laptops as they get more experience using PCs, Loverde said.
The survey defined PCs as desktops, notebooks, ultraportables and Intel-based servers. The statistics do not include handhelds or smartphones, according to IDC.
Demand for PCs over the next few years will continue to increase due to vendor competition and increased commercial spending, IDC projected.