Compaq survives HP PC drive, IDC says

Compaq survives HP PC drive, IDC says

Compaq has kept its position as the number one PC vendor for the first quarter this year, according to IDC Australia's latest figures. Interestingly, IDC claimed the Australian PC market has grown 15 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Compaq claimed the top spot for the quarter, shipping 36,726 units, which represents 48 per cent growth. The big mover, however, was Hewlett-Packard with a huge 256.2 per cent growth. HP shipped 30,701 units in Q1 1988, compared to 8620 in 1997.

HP's figures were buoyed by a big month in February, when it knocked Compaq off the number one perch. IBM came in third, with 52 per cent growth, shipping 30,314 units for the quarter.

In total, 390,000 PCs were shipped in Q1 this year, an overall growth of 15 per cent.

Apple decreased its marketshare by 20 per cent over the period.

IDC Australia's senior PC analyst, Bernie Esner said Hewlett-Packard and IBM's success could be mainly attributed to their popular Aptiva and Pavilion product lines.

Ron Harris, director of Harris Technology, said his business had experienced "a continued strong pull-through demand for Hewlett-Packard products in the last six months".

Harris Technology is an IBM and HP reseller, and has just started selling Compaq PCs. Harris said in the past year there had been more demand for brand-name products with clones falling by the wayside. He said the market was maturing and the major vendors' price points now provided value for money.

Harris said HP's pricing had become "much more aggressive" and said HP's new Brio product, priced at less than $2000, would also boost sales.

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