Direct vendor Dell made a dramatic leap in third quarter profits, up 77 per cent to $248 million on turnover of $3.2 billion. At the same time, the company hit out against Compaq and others for seeking to emulate its success in selling direct.
Chief executive Michael Dell said the company continued to grow at over three times the industry rate during the period and now held number two position in the US marketplace and number three worldwide.
He said: ?Our strong results continue to differentiate us from competitors, several of which are attempting to imitate aspects of...our direct business model. We believe that our customers around the world recognise the Dell difference.?
At the Comdex/Fall show last week, Eckhard Pfeiffer, CEO of Compaq, claimed that PC customers wanted more than just the delivery of a standard box.
Dell?s performance in Europe was also strong, but the company did not do so well in the UK with sales up by only 28 per cent.
That contrasts sharply with France, Germany and Benelux, where sales were up by 52 per cent, 57 per cent and 96 per cent respectively.
Jan Gesmar-Larsen, president of the Dell Emea unit, would only say of the UK: ?The company maintained its number two position and increased market share versus last year, with significant sales growth in the government and education sectors.?
He said that sales of Dell enterprise solutions contributed to the company?s gains, with servers growing in volume by 205 per cent.
Dell said that sales over its Internet site now amount to over $3 million a day, representing yearly sales of around $1 billion. It added that its Global Enterprise Programme, which seeks to serve 50 multinationals, now also accounts for $1 billion of sales.
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