Feeds

Dell tops booming US PC market

Q2 a go-go

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Dell topped US PC sales in this year's second quarter, according to research by IDC. The direct seller managed to steal Compaq's thunder by selling 1.8 million units, a growth of 16.6 per cent on last year's Q2. Compaq was shoved into second place with 1.79 million units, up 16.5 per cent. IBM, Gateway and Hewlett-Packard shipped 876,000, 845,000 and 841,000 units, respectively, all showing growth of around eight per cent. Compaq still clung onto the most global PC shipments -- with 3.75 million units. It was followed by Dell with 2.8 million and IBM with 2.3 million. HP and NEC/PB NEC shipped 1.7 million and 1.3 million, respectively. IDC also forecast that worldwide PC sales for the third quarter would grow by 24.8 per cent year on year. Global volume was expected to rise 7.2 per cent from this year's strong second quarter. Japan showed the speediest year on year growth rate in Q2 -– 39 per cent -– and is expected to have a strong performance in the second half of 1999. IDC forecast 32 per cent year on year growth for Japan for Q3 thanks to heightening consumer demand, Internet shopping and interest in smaller desktop PCs. Western Europe is expected to see 16.3 per cent growth in Q3, and the US 28 per cent. IDC said that market expansion would continue to be led by global demand for increasingly cheaper PCs, healthy growth in Asian, and the strong US economy. "Prices keep coming down and consumer interest in PCs keeps going up," added John Brown, research manager of IDC's worldwide quarterly PC tracking. "IDC believes that consumer demand combined with the traditional seasonal uptick in sales will result in very healthy global demand this quarter." Regarding the vendors, IDC expected the stars of Q3 to be Dell, Gateway, IBM and Apple. It said this line-up appeared to have the "right stuff" for growth this quarter. This includes having good Internet strategies, being able to deliver portable PCs in volume, having good positioning in Western Europe, the US and Asia/Pacific, as well as being aligned with growing consumer and small business segments. ®

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.