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Hewlett-Packard Gains Most in 3 Years on PC Shipment Jump

Hewlett-Packard Co., the world’s biggest personal-computer maker, rose the most in three years after researcher Gartner Inc. said the global PC industry unexpectedly grew in the first quarter as the company remained a market leader.

Hewlett-Packard, based in Palo Alto, California, advanced 7.2 percent to $25.10 at the close in New York, the biggest jump since March 2009. The stock, which has fallen 2.6 percent this year, was the fifth-best performer today in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

The company accounted for 17.2 percent of worldwide PC shipments, Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner said yesterday.

Total global PC shipments climbed 1.9 percent to 89 million units, after predictions of a 1.2 percent drop, according to Gartner. Another research firm, IDC, also reported a surprise increase for the quarter.

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