HP continues to hand Dell its lunch in terms of shipping PCs globally. The all important notebook segment has become HP’s strength and powered the company to 13.1 million PC sales in Q3 2007 — a 32.7 percent jump from the same quarter in 2006. Meanwhile Dell is slipping further behind HP.
HP Surges with Sales
Overall HP accounted for 19.2 percent of all PCs shipped globally in the third quarter of 2007. During the same period for 2006 HP accounted for 13.8 percent of global shipments, so they have grown their share 32.7 percent in just one year. Popular products such as the HP Pavilion dv6500t, dv2500t and dv9500t with their sleak looks and reasonable price have allowed HP to power ahead. The fact that HP sells in many retail stores, while Dell does not, has allowed them to steal major market share from Dell.
Popular products such as the HP dv6500z are helping HP sell more notebooks (view large image)
Dude, What’s Happening to Dell?
Looking at Dell, you can see that they shipped 9.9 million PCs in Q3 of 2007, which is only slightly more than the 9.8 million they shipped in Q3 of 2006. This is basically flat growth.
With Michael Dell now back on board as CEO and a new push for more innovative products such as the XPS M1330, XPS M1530 and soon to be released product updates to their mainstream Inspiron line, the future may look a bit brighter for Dell. They’ll have to do something about improving their retail presence to battle HP it seems though. So far Dell has started offering notebooks in Wal Mart, Costco and Staples in a limited manner and we might see more of that in 2008.
Can products like the XPS M1330 save Dell? (view large image)
The Rest of the Story
Outside of Dell and HP, Lenovo had a strong Q3 2007 which left the company in 3rd place globally and the quickly growing Acer was just a hair’s length away from Lenovo selling 5.4 million PCs and coming in at #4.
Notebooks Rule, but Desktops Still Selling Well
The notebook segment continued to drive the expansion of the overall PC market, with year-over-year growth of 33.5 percent. However, desktop PC shipments increased at a healthy pace as well, increasing to 39 million, up 3.4 percent from 37.7 million in the third quarter of 2006.