The rivalry between Acer Inc (宏碁) and Dell Inc has gained in intensity, with iSuppli Corp’s latest tallies showing that Dell successfully unseated Acer in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest PC brand.
The US-based Dell has perennially occupied the No. 2 position in the global PC market behind Hewlett-Packard Co, but lost ground to Acer in the third quarter last year.
However, Dell retook second position in the second quarter, as its Taiwanese rival suffered a sales setback during the period, the market research firm said in a statement yesterday.
Dell in the second quarter shipped 10.5 million units worldwide, down from 10.7 million in the first three months, while Acer saw shipments fall to 10.2 million in the second quarter from 10.9 million in the first, iSuppli said.
This translated into Dell seizing a 12.8 percent market share in the second quarter, with Acer taking 12.4 percent.
In the first quarter, Acer took a 13.3 percent market share, while Dell followed closely with 13.1 percent, according to iSuppli.
“With its product line heavily focused on mobile PCs, Acer’s sequential decline in notebook shipments impacted its position at the total PC level more than its competitors, which were able to draw on the upswing in desktop shipments to bolster their total shipments,” said Matthew Wilkins, iSuppli’s principal analyst.
Total shipments of PCs — including both portable and desktop computers — amounted to 82.5 million units in the second quarter, up from 81.6 million in the first, it said.
In July, IDC said Dell regained the No. 2 spot in the second quarter, while Gartner said Acer remained slightly ahead. The difference in market share between the two companies was less than 1 percent in both surveys.