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Apple, Dell big winners as PC market shows healthy growth

Ars Technica writes: "The latest PC market share data from analyst firm Gartner shows both US and worldwide PC shipments were up significantly in the second quarter of 2008, but the company warns that some of this growth was driven by what it termed a "harsh pricing environment." HP continues to hold the number one spot in the worldwide market, with 18.1 percent market share, while Dell (15.6 percent), Acer (9.4 percent), Lenovo (7.8 percent), and Toshiba (4.4 percent) round out the top five. Dell remains well behind HP, but managed to significantly close the gap between the two companies. Total worldwide shipments were up 16 percent year-on-year. In the US, Apple was the big winner with 38 percent market share growth, going from 6.4 percent of the market in 2007 to 8.5 percent during the second quarter of 2008, and moving the company ever closer to CEO Steve Jobs' famous 10 percent goal."

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