Last quarter HP sold more computers than Dell and according to new reports Acer may become the biggest PC seller this year, if the company's significant rise continues.
But while HP and Dell stare each other out, they might also want to take a glance in the rear-view. Not so much at third-placed Lenovo, which made only modest gains in 2006, but a little at fifth-placed Toshiba, up 24.5 percent to nab a 3.3 percent share, and certainly at Acer, up 33.1 percent to have a fourth-placed 5.5 percent stake, according to Gartner numbers for Q4. For the whole of 2006, Tosh was up 27.3 percent and Acer was up 37.1 percent.
IDC’s share numbers are very similar to Gartner’s and as the company noted, "Acer had another solid quarter with strong gains in all regions. Europe, Middle East and Africa represent roughly 70 percent of Acer's worldwide shipments, and grew by nearly 37 percent in the fourth quarter, but expansion in the United States and Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) also contributed to the company's gains."