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By: Pallab Jyotee Hazarika

HP ranks No. 1 in global PC sales while Dell beats Acer to gain No.2 spot

iSuppli reports decline in overall sales for PC makers from last quarter

The global PC sales report of the second quarter of fiscal 2010 has been published by market research firm iSuppli Corp. The sales report indicates a decline in sales compared to the previous quarter for almost all of the top 5 OEMs. US-based Hewlett-Packard continues to stay at the top selling 14.95 million units in the 2nd quarter, thus grabbing a market share of 18.1% which is a fall from the 19.6% in Q1. HP also recorded a 6.3% decline in sales from the previous quarter.

The most interesting piece of development, however, that comes from this sales report is the swapping of places by Acer and Dell. Taiwanese major Acer Inc. had conquered the 2nd spot in the charts in Q3 2009 by beating the usual 2nd spot holder-Dell. But in the second quarter, a heavy drop in sales of Acer helped US-based OEM Dell to regain its original spot. Acer saw sales of 10.2 million units in Q2, which is a 6.2 percent fall from the first quarter. This led to Acer’s market share being 12.4 percent, down from 13.3 percent in the first quarter. Moreover, Dell sold 10.5 million units, which, although being a 1.2 % decline from Q1, helped it surpass Acer. Dell now has a 12.8% market share while its Taiwanese rival owns 12.4% of the global PC market.

In spite of the decline in sales for all the major OEMs in the second quarter, the most notable achievement observed in the report is the jump in sales compared to the same quarter last fiscal. OEMs HP, Dell and Acer have recorded a growth of 11.4%, 16.7% and 24.2% respectively in Q2 2010 over Q2 2009. This growth in sales over last year comes as good news for PC makers as this shows potential in growth of sales in the coming years too. According to iSuppli, this growth in sales includes a good mixture of desktops and laptops, amongst low-end servers.

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