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Dell, already the world's largest PC maker, has grown its global market share, as well as its piece of the American pie.

IDC is set to report that Dell bumped up its share to 14.5 per cent in the third quarter from 11.5 per cent in Q2 for the worldwide market, no mean feat. In the US, it rose from 24.8 per cent (Q2) to 26.4 per cent (Q3). All other PC makers in the top five declined during the same period.

The numbers were leaked by Michael Dell at Comdex and he suggested the company's growth could be attributed to market confusion surrounding HP and Compaq's embattled merger.

The research, reported by the FT, comes just ahead of Dell's third quarter financial results where it is expected to post profit margins in the seven per cent range.

The numbers mirror 3Q Gartner figures seen for EMEA where Dell (second largest after Compaq) grew 5.6 per cent against Compaq's 18.8 per cent decline. IDC earlier reported a 10.4 per cent EMEA growth for the company in the same period. ®

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