Acer leads charge in laptop market

Worldwide notebook unit shipments grew 15.5% in Q4 last year, according research group iSuppli.

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By  Administrator Published  April 12, 2007

Worldwide notebook unit shipments grew 15.5% in Q4 last year, according research group iSuppli.

The firm's figures, released last week, show growth was driven by market leader HP and rising star Acer, both of which posted massive increases in shipments quarter-on-quarter.

ISuppli said Acer sold 3.4 million mobile PCs in Q4, up 45.6% from 2.3 million in the third quarter, enabling it to steal third place from Toshiba, which saw its shipments drop 1.1%. iSuppli put Acer's success down to its aggressive pricing strategy.

"Acer has been very public about its intention to capture the number three spot in the mobile PC market - and the fourth quarter ranking shows the company is putting its money where its mouth is," said Matthew Wilkins, iSuppli principal analyst for compute platforms.

The firm said HP had the second highest growth rate at 32.8%, selling five million units in Q4 compared to 3.8 million the previous quarter.

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