Hewlett-Packard maintained its lead over Dell as the world's largest PC supplier in the third quarter of 2007, extending a slim margin it established last year, market researcher IDC said Wednesday. HP's PC market share increased in the U.S., fast approaching leader Dell, whose market share fell, according to IDC's quarterly report of PC unit shipments. The number of PCs shipped worldwide was 66.85 million, a 15.5 percent year-over-year increase. The jump was attributed to a strong demand for portable computers, including laptops and ultraportables, and PC demand in the SMB market. While adoption of laptops and ultraportables increased worldwide, desktop shipments decreased in the U.S., the survey said.
HP shipped 13.1 million PCs worldwide in the third quarter, a 19.6 percent market share and a 33 percent year-over-year increase. Dell followed in second place, shipping 10.18 million units, a 3.8 percent increase over the previous year, IDC said. Lenovo, Acer, and Toshiba. followed in the third, fourth and fifth spots, respectively.