updated 05:35 pm EDT, Wed July 16, 2008
Worldwide Q2 PC sales
Worldwide computer sales grew 16 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, despite serious economic crises in the US and elsewhere, says Gartner. The research group comments that while the ASP (average selling price) of computers has been going down, which may eventually result in more corporate takeovers, people are nevertheless fueling market growth through increased notebook purchases. HP is presently dominating overall sales with an 18.1 percent marketshare, but is being hounded by Dell's 15.6 percent, driven by its second quarter in a row of 40+ percent year-over-year notebook growth.
Industry shipments in the US have grown only 4.2 percent since Q2 2007, but this still represents an acceleration. Dell occupies first place in this realm with control of 31.9 percent, easily beating HP's 25.3; notable is that Apple sales have jumped 38.1 percent, slotting the company into third place with 8.5 percent of the market. This is said to be attributable to Apple's normal strengths in home and educational vending.
Gartner adds that while several mini-notebooks (a.k.a. UMPCs) shipped to the US during the recent quarter, like new ASUS Eee PCs, the genre can only account for less than 3 percent of sales.