Compaq: Ready To Rumble

Is Compaq Computer Corp. out on a limb? Its share of the personal computer market has jumped to 14%, from 10.4%, in the space of a year. Indeed, it passed struggling IBM and Apple Computer Inc. to cop the industry lead in unit shipments so far this year. In the process, though, Compaq has built up a staggering $2.2 billion in inventory. That's four months' worth of sales--double the level of just two quarters ago.

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