Dell regains top spot in PC sales from H-P

3rd-quarter shipments up 23% at Texas company

October 18, 2002|By COX NEWS SERVICE

AUSTIN, Texas - Dell Computer Corp. has snatched back the title of the world's top seller of personal computers.

Dell's shipments in the third quarter were 23 percent higher than those in last year's quarter, giving the Austin-based company 16 percent of the world market, according to research firm IDC.

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s shipments fell 5 percent compared with those a year ago as its market share slid to 15.5 percent.

Another research firm, Gartner/Dataquest, said Dell's lead was 15.9 percent vs. 15.8 percent for Hewlett-Packard.

There were no champagne corks popping at Dell offices. The company is more focused these days on the more profitable servers, data-storage and services businesses.

"It's just bragging rights," President Kevin Rollins said of the PC title.

Dell first grabbed the top spot from Compaq Computer Corp. in April last year. Hewlett-Packard became No. 1 after it acquired former No. 2 Compaq this year but held the top spot for only one quarter.

Dell had been expected to regain the No. 1 position. Hewlett-Packard and Compaq have been losing market share to Dell since they announced their plans to merge in September last year.

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