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Worldwide PC market slow but steady, researchers say

Worldwide PC market slow but steady, researchers say

Worldwide PC shipments reached 21.1 million units in the second quarter of this year, up 13.9 per cent over the same period last year, market researcher Dataquest said yesterday.

However, second-quarter PC shipments as calculated by International Data Corp showed a worldwide rise of just seven percent over the same quarter last year, with a three percent decline over the first quarter.

For US vendors, shipments increased 12 per cent for the quarter, according to a statement from Dataquest. IDC showed US vendors boosting their shipments by ten percent.

Though they differed on the figures, both Dataquest and IDC agreed that a battle for the top spot in the US is being waged between Dell and Compaq, which have essentially equal market share. Dell shipped 72 per cent more units in the US than during the second quarter last year, and 21 per cent more than during the first quarter, according to a statement from IDC. As for Compaq, its shipments increased 12 per cent over the second quarter last year, buoyed by its purchase of Digital, though its overall market share declined slightly, according to a statement from Dataquest.

The second tier of vendors in terms of market share, which includes Hewlett-Packard, Gateway 2000 and Packard Bell NEC, are also very closely tied, with roughly 7.7 per cent each, according to the statement from IDC.

In Western Europe, unit shipments grew 20 per cent for the quarter, driven by strong consumer demand in France, Germany and the UK, according to IDC. Sales of Microsoft's Windows 98 also helped increase sales in Western Europe, IDC said.


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