Less than a year after dropping from its longstanding second place ranking in the worldwide PC market, Dell overtook Acer to retain its number two status. Rival HP remained steadfastly in first place with 18.1% world market share – a status it stole from Dell roughly four years ago.
Acer, betting on the future of netbooks, surged past Dell last year as the Texas-based PC maker became the only player in the top five to shrink in size of shipments.
Dell won back some of its mojo and eked past (with only a 0.4% share difference) Acer even though the Asian PC maker saw better year over yeara growth. Of particular note was Lenovo’s stellar quarter: from roughly 3.6 million units shipped just a couple of years ago to more than 8 million units shipped shows tremendous growth.
While Dell is patting itself on the back, both they and Acer should look carefully over their shoulders – Lenovo is coming.