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