IBM wins Q3 PC sales race

IBM has topped third quarter PC sales figures, according to latest research from analyst IDC.

It is the first time since the analyst began collecting data in 1994 that Big Blue has topped the vendor list on IDC's quarterly desktop, notebook and server PC sales figures, recording 14 per cent market share, ahead of Compaq and HP.

The success is due largely to an awakening corporate business market, which had all but shut down in the first half of this year. Consumer PCs also did well, thanks to alliances with companies such as Virtual Communities, despite sluggish mass-merchant sales.

According to IDC figures, the PC market grew 7.3 per cent on the last quarter and 25.4 per cent year on year, with 627,000 units shipped. Around 500,000 units were sold in the PC sector, while notebooks sold more than 110,000 units -- the most ever shipped in a quarter, according to the analyst.

Hewlett-Packard was the only vendor in IDC's top five which dropped sales, although overall figure are up on those of last year. HP's consumer and corporate PC sales were strong, but its server business floundered, sales dropping significantly both for the quarter and year on year. Overall PC sales accounted for 9.9 per cent of the market share.

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