Dell tops HP in worldwide PC shipments

17.3% market share vs. 15.8% for No. 2

April 20, 2003|By BLOOMBERG NEWS

FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — Dell Computer Corp. slipped past Hewlett-Packard Co. in worldwide shipments of personal computers during the first quarter, according to two market researchers.

Dell had 17.3 percent market share, or 5.99 million units, up from 15.7 percent in the fourth quarter, Framingham, Mass.-based IDC said. Hewlett-Packard had 15.8 percent of global shipments, or 5.46 million units, down from 16.1 percent in the fourth quarter, IDC said. Dataquest Inc. said Dell had 16.9 percent market share while Hewlett-Packard had 15.6 percent.

Computer makers shipped 34.6 million PCs, a 2.1 percent increase from a year earlier and in line with a previous forecast of 2.0 percent, IDC analyst Loren Loverde said. Dell Computer's "aggressive" pricing has helped it grow faster than rivals while Hewlett-Packard is still struggling with its acquisition last May of Compaq Computer Corp., he said in an interview.

"Dell's just got a lot of momentum," Loverde said. "HP is still working through merger-related issues. They've been growing slower than the market."

International Business Machines Corp. was third with 5.4 percent global market share, followed by Toshiba Corp. with 3.6 percent and NEC Corp. with 3.4 percent, said Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Inc.

Dell and Hewlett-Packard have switched the top two spots in the last four quarters.

"It's still pretty close," said Jim McDonnell, a vice president of marketing for Hewlett-Packard's PC division. "We're still talking about a difference of less than half a million units out of a total base of 34 million PCs" sold in the first quarter.

Dell increased its U.S. share to 30.7 percent from 26.7 percent a year earlier, while Hewlett-Packard's share fell to 19.0 percent from 21.1 percent.

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