PDA sales steer steady course

Gartner said worldwide shipments of PDAs fell 0.2 percent in the third quarter over the same quarter in 2002, according to its preliminary report. However, sales in the United States increased 5.2 percent for the quarter, it said.

On the other hand, IDC reported worldwide shipments rose 1.1 percent.

Both research firms agreed Hewlett-Packard was the star performer this quarter as it introduced five new PocketPC models, many of which were well received.

According to IDC, the top three performers in the third quarter were Palm with 35.6 percent worldwide market share, HP with 24.5 percent, and Sony with 11.5 percent share.

Gartner’s figures differed by up to 3 percentage points in market share. Gartner said Palm and HP increased their shares by 6.5 percent and 98.5 percent, respectively, while Sony lost share by 24.1 percent.

In the U.S. market, Palm’s third quarter share was 42.2 percent, down .6 percent and HP’s share was 9.8 percent, up by 117.1 percent, said Gartner. Sony, with a 20 percent U.S. share saw a 33.3 percent decline for the quarter of the same quarter last year, Gartner said.

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