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Oz PC sales growing, but few moves: Gartner

Oz PC sales growing, but few moves: Gartner

The only change in Australia's top five PC sales rankings for the first quarter of 1999 saw Hewlett-Packard displace Apple, according to GartnerGroup's market figures.

GartnerGroup senior analyst Ian Bertram last week reported an overall increase in total PC sales over the fourth quarter from 448,000 to 511,000 units. This was part of a year-on-year increase over 1998 of nearly 10 per cent.

Bertram said that one of the most interesting points to note about the Australian PC market was the resurgence in the home sector, with a 35 per cent leap in sales from around 96,000 in Q1 1998 to 130,000 in 1999. "IBM's Aptiva, HP's Pavilion and Compaq's Presario ranges experienced good growth in the home market," Bertram reported.

Also interesting was the shift in the rankings by market sector, which saw education overtake government.

The business and home markets clearly remain as the most important segments.

Compaq's grip on top spot was strengthened after what Bertram described as an unseasonal dip in the previous quarter. Despite this dip, its PC sales and market share figures have been fairly constant over the past year. Apple and Toshiba PC unit sales were reported by GartnerGroup to be just below the top five on 26,800 and 25,700. Acer, Edge and Gateway complete the first 10. Despite Apple dropping out of the top five again, Bertram predicted that it will continue to be around the mark, and that it claimed 35 per cent of its current iMac computer sales are from "Wintel converts", thus suggesting more growth can be expected.

Bertram anticipated that total PC unit sales will reach the 2 million mark for the first time this year.

Table of PC sales and market share in Quarter 1 1999Compaq 65,200 12.7%IBM 37,300 7.5%Ipex 29,300 5.7%Dell 28,400 5.6%HP 27,700 5.5%


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