Hewlett Packard Claims Preliminary Top Spot in Australian PC Market, Says IDC

NORTH SYDNEY – AUGUST 12, 2002 – Preliminary Q2 2002 Australian PC numbers have been released by IDC and the news looks good for Hewlett Packard. The new HP claimed top spot in the overall PC market followed in second by Dell with Acer edging out IBM for third place.


Many observers were eagerly awaiting these result as it would give a clear indication as to how successful the merger between HP and Compaq had progressed.

Hewlett Packard came first in two of the three categories IDC tracks, these being the desktop, notebook and the SIAS server markets. HPs desktop market performance will be especially pleasing for the company as the gap between itself and second placed Dell was approximately 57,000 units, Acer rounded out the top three.

Toshiba continued to perform well holding top spot in the Australian notebook market with HP and IBM coming in second and third respectively. The performance in the SIAS server market was also impressive for HP as they shipped almost twice as many units as its nearest rival IBM, with Dell coming in third, said, Darian Bird, IDC, PC Market Analyst, Australian & New Zealand.

The notebook computing segment was again the industry highlight showing strong growth. Opportunities in Australian PC market still centre around the growth in this segment with the majority of vendors in Australia expecting to grow this area of their business significantly in the future. Overall the market looks to be turning the corner however the downturn in the US economy will play a major factor in the future growth of the Australia market.

The results overall are nothing to get excited about as yet. Q3 2002 is traditionally a slower quarter and strong performance will give vendors a better picture as to how well the market is recovering, further commented Mr Bird.

At a regional level IDC's preliminary worldwide PC figures show Asia Pacific is the place to be. The region experienced the highest annual growth rate of any region on the globe increasing 5.5% annually.

Markets such as China and India have very much been in the spot light in recent times as these countries show huge growth potential. PC companies have realised this and are pushing hard to gain a foothold in these developing markets.

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