HP, Dell, Toshiba Lead Record Notebook Sales for 3rd Quarter 2003

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Quarterly notebook sales in the global market broke the 10 million mark for the first time in the third quarter of this year, reaching 10.36 million units, according to International Data Corporation.

Fueled by aggressive pricing, nearly all of the world s leading notebook vendors, except Apple Computer, recorded strong sequential growth in the third quarter, according to the research firm.

The world s top five vendors in the third quarter were Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Toshiba, IBM and Acer.

This was the first time that Acer was ranked among the world s top five vendors, replacing Fujitsu Siemens, which retreated from the fifth to sixth position. Acer was able to climb one notch higher as it managed to post 100% sequential growth in the European market in the third quarter, reaching 450,000 units, IDC said.

IDC also reported that global PC sales totaled 39 million units in the third quarter, up 17.5% from a year earlier. Sales of desktops amounted to 27.4 million units, showing an 11.4% rise year-on-year, compared with 36.5% growth posted by notebooks.

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