The worldwide PC market maintained double-digit growth in the second quarter of the year, with Compaq extending its market share to 11.7%, according to Dataquest.
Unit shipments worldwide increased 17% to 18.9 million compared with 16.2 million in the same quarter a year earlier. The US accounted for the most aggressive growth rate with a 22% increase in shipments over the second quarter of 1996.
According to Dataquest, the top four PC vendors - Compaq, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell - enjoyed substantial growth ranging from 20% to 61% for the quarter.
Compaq added 2.1% market share points to extend its lead as the number 1 PC vendor. HP and Dell both posted strong gains, although IBM's growth was closer to the industry norm of 10% according to the report. For the second consecutive quarter, Dataquest said Dell had maintained a 60%-plus growth rate both worldwide and in the US market
Scott Miller, a senior industry analyst in Dataquest's computer systems and peripherals programme, commented: "If the top tier continues its torrid growth relative to the PC market, consolidation will occur. Consolidation on this scale has the potential to shift the balance of power in the PC industry."
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