Compaq has jumped to the top of the total UK Windows NT and UNIX workstation marketplace for the third quarter of this year, according to figures soon to be released by Dataquest.
The IT researcher said Compaq currently holds a 28 per cent market share for total units shipped, a lead of 6.6 percentage points over its nearest rival, Sun Microsystems.
Compaq has made a dramatic recovery from the second quarter of 1998, where it had slipped to third place with 15 per cent market share, compared to Sun?s 29 per cent in first place and Hewlett-Packard in second with 20 per cent.
Dataquest said the second quarter had been surprisingly poor for Compaq. Its decision to clear its channel inventory had a significant negative impact on its shipment levels, resulting in much lower shipment growth and lower overall market growth than expected.
However, Dataquest said Compaq?s recovery in the third quarter related to the widening of the company?s professional workstation family to include stronger entry level and midrange products, and the integration of Digital?s Alpha line.
Overall, Dataquest said workstation shipments had healthy growth compared to the same period last year.
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