Archive for December 2, 2007

Motorola Names New CEO

Posted: December 2, 2007 in Tech

Motorola Inc. announced the appointment of Greg Brown as CEO. Brown will replace Edward Zander as of Jan. 1, while Zander stays on as chairman until the company’s annual shareholders meeting in May 2008.

Brown joined Motorola in 2003 and since March has been serving as the President and COO.

HP Retains Global PC Lead

Posted: December 2, 2007 in Tech

In Q3, 2007, IT company Hewlett-Packard Co continued to expand its lead over rival computer company Dell Inc. in the global PC market, according to a preliminary worldwide market ranking from iSuppli Corp, a specialist in technology value chain research and advisory services.

According to the report, Hewlett-Packard shipped 13.1m PCs, a 32.7% and 3.2m unit increase from 9.9m in Q3, 2006. This expansion allowed Hewlett-Packard to outgrow global PC unit shipment growth, which amounted to 13.8% in Q3, 2007, compared to the same period in 2006. During this period, the company’s market share expanded to 19.2%, up from 18.3% in Q2, 2007, and from 16.5% in Q3, 2006. This marked the fifth straight quarter that Hewlett-Packard occupied the No.1 position in the global PC market, according to iSuppli.

At the same time, Dell recorded growth of 1.5%, shipping 9.9m PCs worldwide in Q3, 2007, compared to 9.8m during the same period in 2006. The company’s market share fell to 14.6% in Q3, 2007, compared to 16.3% a year earlier. Dell posted the weakest growth among the Top-5 PC OEMs during the quarter.

In addition, Acer Inc achieved the strongest performance in the global PC market of all OEMs in Q3, 2007, with its shipments rising by 68.8%. The company’s PC shipments increased to 5.4m units in the quarter, up from 3.2m in Q3, 2006. The company’s global PC market share rose to 7.9%, up from 5.4% during the same period in 2006.

Global PC shipments reportedly amounted to 68.1m units in Q3, 2007, up 13.8% from 59.9m during the same period in 2006, and up 11.1% from 61.3m in Q2, 2007. The notebook segment continued to drive the expansion of the overall PC market, with year-over-year growth of 33.5%. However, desktop PC shipments also increased by 3.4% to 39m, an increase from 37.7m in Q3, 2006.

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