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Lenovo and HP vie to be world’s largest PC manufacturer

Lenovo may have surpassed HP to become the world’s leading manufacturer of PCs. According to recent data from Gartner, Lenovo has 15.7 percent of the market share compared to HP’s 15.5 percent.

Every other PC manufacturers in the Gartner report experienced negative growth in the third quarter, with HP experiencing the most with -16.4 percent.  HP, however, claims that Gartner’s data did not include workstations and, therefore, should not be considered “comprehensive” enough to proclaim Lenovo as the new PC king.

“While there are a variety of PC share reports in the market, some don’t measure the market in its entirety. The IDC analysis includes the very important workstation segment and therefore is more comprehensive. In that IDC report, HP occupies the No. 1 position in PCs,” HP said in a statement to allthingsd.

What’s so “personal” about a workstation?  That’s debatable, but apparently HP thinks the IDC has the more comprehensive data on the industry. 

Gartner’s competitor, the IDC has HP still in the leading spot with 15.9% of the market share, but both firms agree on Lenovo’s positive growth.

Lenovo’s surge isn’t all dandy however, because one must take into consideration that the PC market has shrunk.  That means, if a manufacturer wants to sell more PCs it must cut prices or incur losses in the process.

Either HP or Lenovo can finish off the year as the number one PC manufacturer (depending on which agency's data you're looking at, of course).  Retailers are working tirelessly to clear Windows 7 PCs off the shelves to prepare for the incoming Windows 8-based computers, so we'll see how Lenovo and HP duke it out in the W8 era.

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