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HP Led In 4Q Notebook Sales; Dell Lost Market Share

Overall shipments of notebooks in 2006 grew 27.7% to 78.8 million units, according to a new report out by DisplaySearch.

Global notebook shipments for Hewlett-Packard more than doubled the growth rate for the market in the fourth quarter of 2006, while Dell saw a drop in shipments, a market researcher said Monday.

HP shipments soared more than 29% from the third quarter to just under 4.7 million units, keeping the computer maker firmly in the top spot in the notebook market, DisplaySearch said. Dell, on the other hand, saw a 2% drop to 3.5 million shipments, despite the market as a whole growing 14.4% quarter to quarter. In terms of total market share, HP had 20% and Dell 15%.

In the overall PC market, desktops and notebooks, Dell managed to remain the top seller in 2006, but HP closed the gap, iSuppli reported last week. Dell managed to increase shipments 4.4% over 2005 to more than 39 million units. HP, however, finished the year with a 16% share to Dell's 16.3%. HP shipped 38.2 million units, 19% more than 2005.

Shipments of notebooks alone in 2006 grew 27.7% to 78.8 million units, DisplaySearch said.

Besides HP, the other big winner in the fourth quarter was Acer, which saw its shipments swell 29% to surpass the 3 million mark for the first time, DisplaySearch said. Acer's growth narrowed the distance between it and Dell to less than a half million units. In addition, Acer increased its lead over No. 4 Toshiba, which shipped 2.2 million units, a 5% increase from the previous quarter.

ThinkPad owner Lenovo also had a strong quarter, with shipments rising more than 18% to just slightly less than 2 million notebooks.

Rounding out the top nine were Fujitsu-Siemens, with a 5.3% share; Sony, 5%: Asus, 4.4%; and Apple, 4.1%. Fujitsu-Siemens saw shipments drop 7% in the quarter and Apple saw shipments drop 2%, while shipments for Sony and Asus grew 40% and 49%, respectively.

DisplaySearch, owned by the NPD Group, said it expects the notebook PC market to surge to almost 97 million units in the fourth quarter of this year.

Editor's note: This story was corrected March 22 to change the size of the drop in Apple shipments from 7% to 2%.

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