Compaq has consolidated its lead in the PC market, according to latest figures from researcher Dataquest.
The worldwide market grew by a healthy 15.4% in the first quarter of 1997,according to Dataquest, who also predict a 19% growth rate for the whole year.
Compaq continued to hold it's lead with a 10% market share, having shipped 1.87 million units, 17.7% higher than last year. IBM followed in second place with 1.6 million units shipped, a 32.7% growth rate. Packard Bell was third with 1.1 million units and a 3.5% growth.
According to Dataquest, Dell's 61.8%was the strongest growth rate among the top five worldwide PC vendors of 61.8%. The company is currently ranked fourth. Toshiba came next with a 57% growth rate, putting it in fifth position.
Bill Schaub, Dataquest's computer group director, commented: "With their fifth consecutive quarter with a growth rate above 50%, Dell continued its success, executing its unique business model in the US. With the highest inventory turns in the business, coupled with a large, tenacious sales force on the street armed with a consistent price advantage, Dell continues to post incredible period-to-period growth rates."
Schaub predicted that the US commercial marketplace would be the most lucrative for PC manufacturers this year. However he continued: "It is yet to be determined how close to competitive parity the top three players will get. Over time, competitive markets do reach equilibrium, but it will be interesting to see how far the Dell model goes before this parity is achieved.
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