The PC giant Dell has regained its number one spot in the PC market against HP according to the research firm Gartner. Dell produced 450,000 more desktops, notebooks and servers worldwide than its main rival HP.
Dell accounted for about 16% of worldwide sales while HP only by about 15%. This is a massive 24% growth in the first quarter of this year for Dell. Many other manufactures have seen loses so far this year and the overall PC market has grown by 2.1% which was above the predicted rate of 2%.
HP have also seen loses of sales in Europe however this could be due to the problems caused between the merger of HP and Compaq. The electronics giant Toshiba has also made good sales and has become one of the top 5 pc manufacturers in the world showing the increasing market for laptop computers.
The battle between HP and Dell is very choppy with both sides doing better one quarter than another. An HP executive characterized the battle with Dell as an up-and-down one, noting that HP benefits during the holidays, when consumer sales are strongest.
"It's a two horse race," said Jim McDonnell, vice president of marketing for HP's PC unit. "It's close and it's going to continue to be close."
What ever happens in the computer market it can only mean good things for the consumer, with better technology and increasing competition the PC market could get tough for some manufacturers.