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Acer to overtake HP as top PC manufacturer in 2011

PC-manufacturer Acer plans to become the biggest global PC manufacturer next year, knocking rival Hewlett Packard off the top spot.

PC-manufacturer Acer plans to become the biggest global computer manufacturer next year, knocking rival Hewlett Packard off the top spot.

Acer is currently the second largest PC-maker in the world. The company's chief executive said the company will overtake HP in 2011.

Acer CEO, Gianfranco Lanci, told Swiss newspaper, SonntagsZeitung: "If the mobile world continues to grow, we will necessarily replace HP as the world's biggest computer-maker," reported Reuters.

Gianfranco Lanci added that the group will sell over a million handsets in 2010.

Despite a slight decline in PC shipments during Q3, Gartner recently reported that HP retained the top worldwide position with 18% market share. Acer followed with 13% and Dell with 12%.

Acer became the most popular supplier in Western Europe in the second quarter of 2010.

The company launched its dual-screen laptop to rival Apple's iPad last week. Acer described the Iconia as a different and innovative approach to computing. It will be on sale in the UK on 8 January for £1,499.

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