Worldwide, PC sales are growing and up at the supplier top spots, there has been a change in rankings.
According to the latest sales report from IHS iSuppli for the last quarter of 2010, HP still retain the top position but Acer have lost out on second place to Dell. The report covers PC desktops, notebooks and netbook computers.
"A little more than one year after a prolonged decline in shipments caused Dell to lose its customary second-place ranking to rival Acer, Dell now seems to have regained a firm hold on the No. 2 rank," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst, compute platforms, for IHS. "Acer in the third quarter of 2009 had surged to the No. 2 spot on the strength of its strong sales of netbook PCs to consumers and a generally buoyant consumer market. However, with momentum for consumer PCs waning and in light of growing competition from media tablets, Acer's gains have been reversed."
It seems that the biggest winner in all of this is the PC industry as a whole as sales of new PCs hit a new high. Over 93 million units were shipped, up from 88.9 million in the same period of 2009.
HP was far and away the leading supplier with 18 million computers shipped in the fourth quarter and both Dell and Acer have a lot of work to do to get close.
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