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Laptops now ‘more popular than desktop PCs’

Laptop sales outpace desktop PCs for first time

Laptop PCs have outsold desktop PCs worldwide for the first time, according to figures from iSuppli.

The sales of laptops outpaced desktop PCs in the third-quarter of 2008 wordwide, with laptop sales accounting for 38.6 million computers sold, according to figures. Laptop sales saw a rise of 40% compared to the third quarter of 2007.

Desktop PCs fared less well, with sales falling by 1.3% for the same period compared to 2007, accounting for 38.5 million computers sold.

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HP takes the crown

Yet despite the economic gloom, consumers have been quick to buy computers, according to iSuppli. It reckons that PC shipments grew overall by 15.4% for the third quarter of 2008, with 79 million computers sold worldwide during the three month period.

Computer maker HP took the top spot, with nearly 20% of the market, with Dell in second place. Acer was the biggest mover, shifting three million more laptops in the third quarter of 2008, compared to the same period in 2007.

iSuppli reckons that PC sales will continue to grow in 2009, increasing by just over 4%.

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