Market research firms Gartner and IDC have both published their report about first quarter sales of PCs. IDC claims shipments dropped 7.1 percent globally, while Gartner estimates the drop is 6.5 percent. More info at EE Times.
According to Gartner, HP's shipments at just over 13,300 units in Q1 were a 2.6 increase over the same quarter in 2008, and gave it a 19.8 percent market share of just over 67,200 units sold.
Meanwhile, Dell's shipments fell 16.9 percent, giving it a share of 13.1 percent.
HP was not the only PC supplier to take advantage of Dell's problems. Indeed Acer outperformed all others in the top five (which also includes Toshiba and Lenovo) increasing shipments in Q1 by 26.7 percent over the corresponding quarter in 2008, and now lies third with a 13 percent share.
In last year's first quarter, the Taiwan-based company's worldwide market share stood 9.6 percent compared to Dell's 14.7 percent, according to Gartner
Other media like The Tech Report focus more on the US market and report HP has outshipped Dell in the US. Shipments in the US fell by only 3 percent, thanks to the strong performance of low-cost netbooks.
The research firm nevertheless compiled some market share numbers. It says HP outshipped Dell in the United States, seeing shipments grow 12.2% year-over-year as Dell's shipments fell 16.2%. In the first quarter, HP commanded 27.6% of the U.S. market, while Dell held on to 26.3%, Acer had 10.5%, and Apple enjoyed 7.6%.