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July 15, 2009 at 1:47 PM

PC market: Dell slides into top U.S. spot, Apple slips

IDC’s latest PC market report said second quarter sales fell less than expected — down 3.1 percent vs. the 6.3 percent it had predicted.

It’s a great followup to Intel’s blowout earnings that goosed Wall Street today, and a setup for Microsoft’s earnings report next week.

IDC said “portables,” including netbooks, helped, as did consumer demand for new computers in the U.S.

The U.S. PC market appears to be stabilizing or improving — “a hint of recovery” that’s tempered by the growth in lower-end systems that will drag down the market’s overall value, Bob O’Donnell, IDC vice president, said in the release.

“The market continues to rely on consumer purchases, with a substantial weakness

in the commercial space. We expect to see more of the same as we enter the busy shopping season of the second half of the year. In the longer term, an expected recovery in the commercial segment should boost growth in 2011.”

Globally, Hewlett-Packard is still the largest PC maker with a 20 percent share. It’s followed by Dell, Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba.

In the U.S., Dell’s sales fell 19 percent but its 26.3 percent market share was just ahead of HP’s 26 percent.

HP sales rose 2.3 percent, while third-place Acer’s sales leapt 51 percent and fourth-place Toshiba saw a 34 percent jump.

Apple’s sales fell 12 percent and its U.S. market share fell to 7.6 percent, from 8.5 percent.

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