HP hasn't had any trouble selling PCs according to Gartner and IDC, which on Wednesday released their third quarter worldwide PC shipments reports.
The reports from both research firms showed HP solidly in first place, with strong growth despite the company's announcement on Aug. 18, just about midway point of the third quarter, that it was considering a spinoff or sale of its personal systems group.
IDC wrote in its report that HP "has been criticized for management missteps in the past few months, and has been affected by slower consumer demand in many regions, but managed to outpace overall market growth nonetheless."
Both IDC and Gartner put HP' shipment growth at 5.3 percent from the comparable quarter, while Dell declined 1.6 percent. according to IDC and 1.4 percent, according to Gartner. IDC put HP's market share at 18.1 percent, Lenovo, 13.7 percent and Dell at 12 percent. Lenovo moved ahead of Dell for the first time.
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