iSuppli: Dell Retakes Global #2 PC Maker Slot from Acer

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Market analysis firm iSuppli has released its figures for worldwide PC shipments during the second quarter of 2010, and found that American computer maker Dell retook the number-two slot in global PC sales, edging out Acer in a quarter when almost all PC makers lost ground quarter-to-quarter—Dell just happened to lose less ground, while, in the top five makers, only Lenovo showed quarter-on-quarter growth.

Acer’s focus on notebooks computers—particularly a flurry of inexpensive netbooks—may have hurt the company’s sales figures for the quarter.

“With its product line heavily focused on mobile PCs, Acer’s sequential decline in notebook shipments impacted its position at the total PC level more than its competitors, which were able to draw on the upswing in desktop shipments to bolster their total shipments,” said iSuppli analyst Matthew Wilkins, in a statement.

Although the overall global computer market saw a slight upswing in sales during the second quarter—up 1.1 percent compared to the first quarter of the year—market leader Hewlett-Packard actually saw a 6.3 percent drop in sales, although the company retained its position at the world’s top PC maker with a 19.6 percent market share.

Dell, conversely, only saw a “negligible” 1.2 percent drop in sales quarter to quarter, enabling it to account for 12.8 percent of the global computer market. Acer’s sales dropped 6.2 percent in the quarter, meaning its market share dropped to 12.4 percent.

Lenovo, conversely, accounted for most of the quarter-to-quarter growth in the industry, seeing a whopping 18.6 percent increase in sales from quarter to quarter, enabling the company to most from an 8.6 percent share of the global market fto 10.1 percent. Toshiba rounded out the top five PC makers with a 2.6 percent quarter-to-quarter decline in PC sales, accounting for 5.4 percent of the global PC market.

For the second quarter of 2010, all the top five PC makers showed strong growth in sales compared to the second quarter of 2009: HP achieved 11.4 percent year-on-year growth, Dell, managed 16.7 percent, Acer 24.2 percent, Lenovo a stunning 47.5 percent, and Toshiba a 34.5 percent improvement.