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Acer, Apple, HP victors in 2007 US sales

updated 05:00 pm EST, Wed January 16, 2008

IDC on 2007 PC Sales

Three computer builders showed the clearest signs of growth in US PC shipments over the course of last year, according to a new study by IDC. Preliminary estimates by the research group show that while the US market for computers grew relatively slowly at a flat 7 percent, Acer, Apple, and HP performed the most consistently ahead of others in final results. Acer showed the single highest percentage of growth at 292 percent year-over-year courtesy of its acquisition of Gateway but still showed strong enough growth as a combined company to claim fourth place in the US market at 5.5 percent of all PCs shipped to the country.

Apple in turn successfully moved into third place and was the strongest-performing company of the top five after factoring in PC sales, growing by more than 31 percent; early figures will have seen the company ship almost 4.1 million Macs to the US and claim about 5.8 percent marketshare for new systems. Hewlett-Packard was the largest in terms of sheer numbers and grew more slowly at nearly 19 percent, but sold a far larger number of PCs, reaching almost 16.8 million computers in the year and accounting for 23.9 percent marketshare, or second place.

Dell suffered the most during the year, the study notes. It continued to hold on to the lead in overall control of the PC market at 28 percent share but shrunk 4 percent between 2006 and 2007.

Short-term results for the holiday quarter indicated that positions may be changing, however. Apple remained largely unchanged in marketshare numbers (5.7 percent) but slipped to fourth place after the combined Acer and Gateway claimed a much higher 8.2 percent of all PCs sold. Dell also fared better and grew by 15 percent after months of slower or negative results. By contrast, HP only grew by almost 10 percent, just slightly higher than the 9 percent average.

World figures have also been published both for the latest quarter and for 2007 but show relatively stable performance over 2007; Acer's acquisition resulted in a boost to third place during both the last three months and for the year, while HP (first), Dell (second), Lenovo (fourth), and Toshiba (fifth) all grew at or slightly above the industry average of 15.5 percent. Apple and other firms were not included outside of the top five international rankings.

As a whole, approximately 269 million PCs will have been shipped worldwide over the last year, IDC adds. The statistic worsens the appearance of Microsoft's touted Windows Vista sales: while the aging Windows XP is now known to have outsold Vista by 50 percent or more, the new statistic indicates that just 37 percent of all computers shipped with the latest Microsoft OS.

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tell me.

    Do any of these figures surprise anyone? Aside from Acer, it all seems to fit the easily dicernible trend via the sheer numbers of each brand you might see every day.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    apple's numbers

    Apple should be doing better, but they are determined to spite their customers.

    Low cost tower, anyone. Real ultra-portable, anyone.

    Not that it isn't good to see them continue to climb, but if only you didn't have to make a choice between a more powerful $400 hp laptop and a $1000 macbook.

  1. blidd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more powerful $400 hp

    give me a break a $400 hp notebook is by now mean fasteror better than a $1000 macbook stop trolling or be more serios with what you write. I have people in my family that suddently bought 2 macbooks because the got fett up with the the problems the had with their pcs Apples cost more than basementpriced c*** pcs but the work and my brother in law loves his mac the same goes for his father in law they even upgraded to 10.5 before I did. Ps none of them bought the Mac because I recommended it.

  1. chulitomio

    Joined: Dec 1969


    stop the fud

    it has been a long time since macs were more expensive than PCs.


    "I was a little surprised to find that Dell's Inspiron line doesn't currently offer processing power equaling that of the MacBook Pro.

    "Once I did that, though, and tricked out the M1710 with only those extras it had to have to compete with the MacBook Pro, I was surprised to see the Dell come in at a whopping $3,459, some $650 more than the Apple product. Now, it's true that the Dell has some additional features (higher-end video and six USB ports instead of three, for example), but it also weighs nearly two pounds more and is much chunkier (1.69-in. thick, compared with 1 in.)."

  1. chulitomio

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "let me say to all those people who have ever bought a Packard Bell or eMachines PC and believe that great value in a computer means any model that sells for $600 or less: I agree -- Apple doesn't have an answer for you."

    Stop comparing apples and oranges. If you're happy with fooling yourself, then post comments on your brainboard, and rant about how windows and mac os are the same, so you're getting the same thing, on your imaginaryblog. If you have something interesting to say, by all means, come back.

  1. guzzi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Advice for Apple

    Apple needs more depressing entertainment to close out the Keynote that is supposed to be exciting and up beat. I think Randy Newman was way to positive. Maybe Jobs should hire M. Moore to do a RAP next year.....More America hating - I like iMACnuggets youall....WHAT A CLUSTER ****.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $400 laptop

    Yeah, but if all you want a computer for is some simple home tasks (email, some office-type stuff, web browsing), you might as well take the $400 computer. Even a PC can do that stuff relatively well.

  1. lancelott

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But some poeple...

    Don't want a PC, even for simple tasks. So we invest in a Mac.

    Low-Cost tower? Mac mini is your "alternative" (I'm getting one for my mom).

    MacBook Air, yes its niche- but in a way thats how the entire Mac line is...

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    People, just take a look at jonathan-tonya's other posts. The account was started in October. Every single post has been a troll or an Apple bashing comment. He/she/it claims to work for a Mac company but has stated he/she/it is returning to Windows.

    If it walks and talks like a troll...

  1. rubaiyat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac Mini is NOT cheap

    No matter how you factor in all the extras.

    An iMac makes way more sense than the Mac Mini which is a shame because I always thought it had great potential.

    Compared to cheap PCs it also looks like poor value so isn't winning over any switchers. I think they are mainly going for MacBooks and iMacs.

    What comes out of this article is that the previously higher marketshares don't seem to hold and the international marketshare doesn't seem to register on the radar.

    Not surprising as Apple charges a huge premium outside the States and the the 2 massive markets of China and India, experiencing enormous growth, remain neglected by Apple.

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