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HP claims workstation sales keep it ahead of Lenovo in PC sales

Wants to hold onto the crown for another quarter
Thu Oct 11 2012, 14:07
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MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP claims Gartner's figures showing that Lenovo has overtaken it in PC shipments do not account for workstations.

Gartner, arguably the IT industry's biggest analyst outfit, reported that HP finally lost its crown as the top PC vendor to Lenovo. According to Gartner, Lenovo saw 9.8 percent growth in market share from a year ago to take 15.7 percent share of the global market, while HP lost 16.4 percent to end up with 15.5 percent.

HP didn't dispute the figures outright, but said that Gartner's shipment figures do not account for workstations and referred users to a similar shipment estimate from rival analyst firm IDC that shows HP still leading the pack. What HP cannot deny is that its fortunes in the PC business are on a steep downward trend, while Lenovo is clearly on course to either overtake HP or extend its lead, depending on which analyst firm you choose to believe.

Last year HP announced that it was going to spin off its PC business as part of then CEO Leo Apotheker's business plan to revitalise the company. After Apotheker was ousted from the firm within a year of his appointment, incoming CEO Meg Whitman reversed his decision and chose to keep what is arguably HP's most public facing business, though she has yet to turn the company around.

While HP might be able to cast doubt on Gartner's PC shipment figures to retain the top spot on a technicality this quarter, it seems unlikely that HP's spinners will be able to repeat the claim in three months. µ


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