PC Shipments Grew 22% in Second Quarter, IDC Says

Global personal-computer shipments rose 22 percent in the second quarter, a sign consumer demand is picking up even amid lingering concerns about the pace of economic recovery, according to research firm IDC.

Hewlett-Packard Co. remained the market leader, though its share fell to 18.1 percent from 19.7 percent a year earlier, Framingham, Massachusetts-based IDC said in a statement today. Dell Inc. recaptured the No. 2 spot, pushing Acer Inc. to third.

The replacement of aging systems, the introduction of lower-cost machines and the fact that much of the world doesn’t own a computer are all driving growth, said Jay Chou, an analyst at IDC. The results allayed concerns that a rebound in technology spending might slow, partly because of the European debt crisis. The increase was in line with IDC’s projection of 23 percent.

“The PC vendors can pat themselves on the back a little bit,” Chou said in an interview. “Given the uncertainty in Europe and fears of slowdown in places like China, we still did pretty well.”

Dell, based in Round Rock, Texas, had 13 percent of the market, while Taiwan’s Acer had 12.6 percent. Both companies lost market share from a year earlier. Dell benefited from improving business demand and strong growth in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America, IDC said.

Beijing-based Lenovo Group Ltd., in fourth place, posted 47 percent growth to give it 10.2 percent of the market, according to IDC.

To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Satariano in San Francisco at asatariano1@bloomberg.net.

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