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Q2 global computer shipments rise 11 percent: analysts

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Worldwide personal-computer shipments rose 11 percent in the second quarter, as lower prices lured customers. Hewlett-Packard Co grew faster than leader Dell Inc, which again lost market share in the US.

Total shipments expanded to 54.9 million units, Stamford, Connecticut-based researcher Gartner Inc said on Wednesday in a statement. Competitor IDC said in a separate statement shipments increased by 9.7 percent.

HP increased its market share by half a percentage point to 15.9 percent from a year earlier, IDC said. Dell kept its No. 1 ranking and boosted its worldwide share slightly by expanding shipments 11 percent, IDC said.

"It's a lot of numbers for Dell, and it's getting harder for them to push that big rock up the hill," IDC researcher Richard Shim said in an interview on Wednesday. "Other vendors are benefiting from the big emphasis on retail, driven by consumer sales, while the commercial market is slowing."

HP, the No. 2 maker, increased its worldwide shipments 13 percent to 8.27 million units, IDC said.

Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想), which bought IBM Corp's PC unit, boosted its worldwide share to 7.7 percent from 7.5 percent, IDC said. The Purchase, New York-based PC division shipped 4.01 million PCs worldwide compared with 3.56 million a year earlier. The 13 percent growth rate reflects Lenovo's strong position in China, Shim said.

"Asia Pacific was the growth engine for the entire PC market this quarter," Shim said.

No. 4 Acer Inc had the biggest gain worldwide, IDC said, increasing shipments by 36 percent to 2.8 million units.

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