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Thu 11 Jan 2007 12:23 PM

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HP captures notebook crown from rival Dell

HP has recaptured the lead from Dell in the worldwide notebook PC market during the third quarter of 2006, according to figures from a US market research firm.

DisplaySearch said HP just managed to snatch the lead back off Dell by shipping around 50,000 more units than its rival.

The last time HP held the number one spot in the notebook market was in Q305, the research firm said. The news is yet another blow to Dell — formerly the world’s biggest PC manufacturer — which was overtaken by HP in overall PC shipments in the third quarter of 2006, according to IDC.

DisplaySearch said HP’s notebook shipments grew by an impressive 36% quarter-on-quarter during Q306, nearly twice the market’s growth of 19%, and Dell’s growth of 16% for the same period. While both HP and Dell exceeded 3.5 million units, the firm said neither brand was able to match the dramatic 29% year-on-year increase in the total notebook market. The firm added that of the top brands only Acer out-paced the market with growth of 49% year-on-year.

However, smaller names such as Asus and Apple saw shipments rise in excess of 60% from the same period last year.

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