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PC Shipments Grew 22% in Second Quarter, IDC Says

PC Shipments Grew 22% in Second Quarter
Hewlett-Packard Co. remained the market leader, though its share fell to 18.1 percent from 19.7 percent a year earlier. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

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. Gartner Inc., based in Stamford, Connecticut, put worldwide growth today at 21 percent, above its forecast for 19 percent.

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 measured by IDC was in line with the firm’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 Inc. recaptured the No. 2 spot, pushing Acer Inc. to third, according to IDC. Dell 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, IDC said.

In Gartner’s rankings, Hewlett-Packard is the top PC maker, followed by Acer, Dell and Lenovo.

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