Dell ( DELL) pulled away from Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) in PC market share throughout 2004, according to both Gartner and IDC.
The two research firms released separate assessments of the PC market at the end of 2004 on Tuesday, with both IDC and Gartner showing overall PC shipment growth in the double-digit percentages. "Spending on PCs by all sizes of business continues to improve steadily, and consumers came out in force in the holiday quarter to pursue their growing interest in PCs and the digital lifestyle," said Roger Kay, vice president of client computing at IDC, in a statement. IDC showed PC shipments up 14.7% in 2004 with fourth-quarter growth of 13.7%. Gartner showed PC shipments up 11.8% in 2004. According to IDC's research, Dell controlled 17.9% of the worldwide PC market based on shipments, up from 16.7% market share in 2003. H-P ranked second with 15.8% share, down from 16.2% in 2003. IBM ( IBM), which recently sold its computer unit to China-based Lenovo, ranked third at 5.9% share, up from 5.8% in 2003. Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens and Acer rounded out the top five. For 2005, IDC predicted PC shipment growth of 10%. Gartner's research showed Dell with a 16.4% market share, up from 14.9% in 2003. H-P ranked second at 14.6% share, flat with 2003. IBM ranked third with 5.5% market share, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 2003. Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens and Acer rounded out the top five. Gartner Vice President Charles Smulders said that more computer manufacturers will exit the PC industry, just as IBM did. "The stress on PC vendors from operating on such low margins led to IBM's exit," Smulders said in a statement. In November, Gartner predicted three of the world's top 10 PC makers would be forced out of the business by 2007.