HP merger pays off in local figures

The merged Hewlett-Packard/Compaq ranks at number one in the latest New Zealand PC market figures, with more market share than the two companies had independently.

The new HP has cemented its place at the top of the New Zealand PC market according to latest figures from analyst IDC.

Combined second-quarter sales of HP and Compaq (bought by HP earlier this year) account for 42% of the PC market. HP is followed by local manufacturer The PC Company, which is trailed by Dell, IBM and Toshiba.

The figures show Toshiba has returned to the top of the notebook computer sales rankings, after being displaced by Compaq in the first quarter. Toshiba sold just under 5000 notebooks during the three months, 31.2% of total sales.

IDC says overall PC sales during the quarter were up nearly 10% on the previous quarter and 9% on the same period a year ago.

"Buyers may have been waiting until after the [HP-Comaq] merger was completed before purchasing new HP or Compaq PCs to ensure they aren't buying lines that would be discontinued," says analyst Darian Bird. "The increase may only be a blip that disappears next quarter."

Nearly 100,000 PCs were shipped in the quarter.

HP also dominates the "standard Intel architecture" server market with a 55% share, followed by IBM and Dell.

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