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Gartner reduces server sales worldwide figures

Worldwide server sales grew 2.5% in the first quarter of 2008, a smaller increase than first reported, says analyst Gartner.

The year-on-year increase...

Worldwide server sales grew 2.5% in the first quarter of 2008, a smaller increase than first reported, says analyst Gartner.

The year-on-year increase saw IBM take the biggest sales share of the market, while Hewlett-Packard grabbed the biggest number of sold units, said the analyst.

Gartner had previously estimated an overall 4.3% increase with Hewlett-Packard (HP) taking the top spot in terms of sales, but the analyst has now changed its figures.

"Based on updated guidance and additional analysis of the data, we have revised the revenue statistics for the first quarter of 2008," said Jeffrey Hewitt, an analyst at Gartner.

"We previously said that HP and IBM continue to vie for market leadership in the worldwide server market based on revenue. This is still the case but the updated data shows that IBM maintained the number one position in worldwide server revenue in the first quarter of 2008."

The previous data showed HP had taken the lead in worldwide server revenue. The updated statistics show IBM accounted for 29.4% of worldwide server revenue in the first quarter of 2008. HP was number two with 28.3%.

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