HP No Longer World’s Top PC Maker?

by Nate Wooley | October 11, 2012 1:25 pm

It’s been a long run at the top for Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ[1]). But the run might be over.

Depending on which research firm you believe Lenovo (PINK:LNVGY[2]) might have passed HP as the leading shipper of PCs in the world.

Research firm Gartner now estimates that Lenovo held a 15.7% market share of the global PC market in the third quarter, while HP held a just-behind 15.5%, reports the Associated Press[3]. However, Interactive Data flipped the rankings, giving HP a 15.9% share and Lenovo 15.7%. Dell (NASDAQ:DELL[4]) and Acer were in third and fourth place, respectively. Either way, Lenovo has closed the gap between it and Hewlett-Packard over the past few years.

Both Gartner and IDC have HPQ leading within the U.S. market.

Still, the bragging rights are less lustrous amid a difficult 2012 for the PC market. Both research firms say PC shipments fell more than 8% in the third quarter. A third firm, iHS iSuppli, says the world will see its first annual decline in PC shipments in 11 years.

More on personal computers:

  1. HPQ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HPQ
  2. LNVGY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LNVGY
  3. reports the Associated Press: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/lenovo-overtakes-hewlett-packard-as-biggest-pc-maker-for-first-time-overall-sales-down/2012/10/10/513d0d82-131d-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html
  4. DELL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DELL
  5. Thursday Apple Rumors: Apple Wants to Dump Intel From Macs: https://investorplace.com/2012/10/thursday-apple-rumors-apple-wants-to-dump-intel-from-macs/
  6. Lenovo to Make Some Computers in North Carolina: https://investorplace.com/2012/10/lenovo-to-make-some-computers-in-north-carolina/
  7. It’s Time for Michael Dell To Go: https://investorplace.com/2012/08/its-time-for-michael-dell-to-go/

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