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Global PC Shipments Increase in 2nd Quarter

From the Associated Press

Personal computer shipments grew about 10% in the second quarter despite soft sales in Europe, two influential research firms reported. Analysts found rivals continuing to gain on leading PC maker Dell Inc. and predicted that low prices would continue for the rest of 2006.

Researchers at IDC said worldwide PC shipments grew 9.7%. Analysts at Gartner Inc., who use slightly different measurement methods, pegged the increase at 11%.

Dell’s market share barely changed: IDC said it was 19% in the second quarter, Gartner 18%.

Hewlett-Packard Co. gained less than a percentage point of market share in both analyses, holding the worldwide No. 2 slot at about 15%.

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