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PC sales leap 17.1% in third quarter

PC shipments jumped 17.1% in the third quarter of the year, helped by the increasing popularity of laptops and low-cost desktops.

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PC shipments jumped 17.1% in the third quarter of the year, helped by the increasing popularity of laptops and low-cost desktops.

The lift was reported by analyst IDC, which has responded by upping its prior forecasted annual increase. It now says total shipments for the year will be 17% higher than in 2004, up from its previous estimate of 13.3%.

Rival analyst Gartner says total sales will increase by 17.2% for the year, with around 200 million PCs and x86-based servers being shipped.

While Dell still remains the biggest supplier, its sales growth was slightly lower than Hewlett-Packard’s in the third quarter, said IDC. Dell’s total share of the market is now 18%, compared with HP’s 16%, IDC said.

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