Global PC market leaders in Q4 2004: Dell, HP, IBM

Following another quarter of strong growth, Dell is now the uncontested market leader. After ceding the top spot to HP in Q4 2002 and Q4 2003 following HP's merger with Compaq, Dell managed to distance itself from HP by a full point of market share in Q4 2004, and seems to have the momentum on its side.

Following another quarter of strong growth, Dell is now the uncontested market leader. After ceding the top spot to HP in Q4 2002 and Q4 2003 following HP's merger with Compaq, Dell managed to distance itself from HP by a full point of market share in Q4 2004, and seems to have the momentum on its side. Other vendor highlights include significant improvements from Gateway and Apple. While still losing share, Gateway showed the first signs of meaningful improvement following its merger with eMachines. Similarly, Apple saw a significant kick from its new iMac and attention related to its music business, reinvigorating a business that had been struggling to keep pace with the market.

Worldwide PC shipments in Q4 2004
Q4 2004   Q4 2004 Market Q4 2003 Market Growth
Rank Vendor Shipments Share Shipments Share 2004/2003
             
1 Dell 8,773 17.0% 7,242 16.0% 21.1%
2 HP 8,221 16.0% 7,539 16.6% 9.0%
3 IBM 2,931 5.7% 2,680 5.9% 9.4%
4 Acer 2,219 4.3% 1,669 3.7% 33.0%
5 Fujitsu
Fujitsu Siemens
2,053 4.0% 1,845 4.1% 11.3%
             
  Others 27,294 53.0% 24,313 53.7% 12.3%
             
  All Vendors 51,492 100.0% 45,288 100.0% 13.7%
Source: IDC

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