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Acer still in top three PC vendors

By Jason Tan  /  STAFF REPORTER, WITH CNA

Acer Inc (宏碁) held on to its top three spot in global shipments of personal computers in the second quarter, with PC market trackers IDC and Gartner placing it at No. 3 and No. 2 respectively.

In a statement released on Wednesday, IDC said Acer slid a notch to third place in global PC shipments — behind Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co and Dell Inc.

Acer shipped 10.24 million units in the second quarter, accounting for 12.6 percent of global sales, compared with a market share of 13.6 percent in the first quarter, IDC said.

Dell reclaimed the No. 2 spot with a 13 percent share of the world market in the second quarter, IDC said, compared with a market share of 13.3 percent in the first quarter.

HP held on to the top spot, with second-quarter shipments totaling 14.77 million units, accounting for 18.1 percent of global sales.

Acer’s shipments in the second quarter were up 20.8 percent from a year earlier, while global PC shipments grew by 22.4 percent to 81.5 million units, IDC data showed.

Acer’s growth was “slightly slower than the market — primarily a result of strong year-ago performance,” IDC said in the statement.

“This was most evident in the United States and Japan — which saw the slowest growth, while Acer continued to make rapid gains in emerging markets,” IDC said.

Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) ranked fourth with 10.2 percent of global PC shipments. Asustek Computer Inc (華碩) rose to share fifth place with Toshiba Corp, each holding a 5.3 percent market share in the second quarter.

Gartner, however, yesterday said Acer maintained its position as the world’s second-largest PC brand in the second quarter, trailing HP, but ahead of Dell.

In Gartner’s report, Acer’s PC shipments grew 31.6 percent from last year to 10.8 million units in the second quarter and its market share edged up 1 percentage point to 13 percent.

“Acer continued to record strong shipment growth worldwide, fueled by solid PC sales in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific markets,” the report said.

Asustek ranked fifth in the second quarter, as the netbook computer pioneer reported the highest growth among top 10 PC vendors, up 78.5 percent to 4.3 million units. Its global market share expanded to 5.2 percent from 3.5 percent a year earlier, Gartner said.

PC shipments from HP expanded 12.3 percent to 14.5 million in the second quarter, while its global market share declined from 18.8 percent to 17.4 percent.

Dell, according to Gartner, reported year-on-year growth in PC shipments of 19 percent to 10.3 million units, while its market share slid to 12.4 percent from 12.6 percent.

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