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HP Defends Top Position
Hewlett-Packard continued to defend its top position in IDC's worldwide ranking, recovering somewhat from past weakness in key markets. IDC said an aggressive push for Windows 8 volume helped HP make gains in Asia/Pacific and its home turf in the U.S. Meanwhile, Lenovo outpaced the market with growth of over 8 percent. Volume reached a new record-high of more than 14 million units, with continued success in channel wins in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Dell continued to lose ground as it faces aggressive competition from other leaders and looks for better margins. Worldwide shipments were down more than 20 percent year over year -- faster than declines over the past several years -- with U.S. volume declining almost as much. Acer Group, like a few other vendors, remains heavily dependent on consumer spending. And Asus held onto its top-five spot globally and stretched the distance between itself and other consumer-focused vendors with growth of 5.6 percent year-on-year.