HP unseated Dell as the number one PC supplier in the US, according to Q1 figures released by IDC today, having shipped 4.1 million units to Dell’s 3.9 million. Acer took third place with 1.6 million units shipped. The report also states that the US market fared better than analysts predicted, falling only 3% from last year, with sales buoyed by low-cost portable PCs and netbooks.
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In a statement, IDC VP of Clients and Displays Research claimed, “The U.S. PC market proved to be surprisingly resilient this quarter as notebooks were still seen as important purchases by many U.S. consumers. HP's dethroning of Dell as the U.S. market share leader and extending its worldwide market share lead is a testament to the company's solid record of business execution over the last several quarters and indicates that Dell still faces some challenges in its efforts to reignite its business.”
Both HP and Acer saw double-digit sales growth from last year, while Dell sales declined 16.2%.
The Wall Street Journal speculates that Dell’s decline could be based on the company’s heavy reliance on corporate sales and lack of retail outlet presence. Also, Dell is not well situated to compete with HP and Acer in the low-cost portable PC market.
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World-wide sales rankings align with those in the US, with HP in the lead followed by Dell and Acer. Overall, world-wide sales are down 7.1% from last year.