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Market research firm Gartner said in a report Friday that PC shipments in Latin America declined 2.7 percent in the first quarter of 2002 compared with the same period last year. Shipments totaled 1.73 million units, down from 1.78 million last year. Compaq Computer held its No. 1 market share position in Latin America, with 12.9 percent, despite falling shipments. Compaq's shipments fell 27.7 percent for the quarter. Dell Computer's shipments grew 62.7 percent, pushing it past No. 3 Hewlett-Packard and No.4 IBM and into the No. 2 market share position with 6.5 percent. Notebook PC shipments grew 13.3 percent as a category but made up just 7.7 percent of the overall PC market. Brazil continued to lead the Latin American region in PC shipments despite a slight decline in the quarter. PC shipments in Argentina fell a whopping 83.8 percent in the first quarter.
Avaya, which makes corporate communications networks, met analyst expectations for its first quarter and said it would more than double its earnings in 2001. Excluding expenses from its spinoff from Lucent, Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Avaya earned $51 million, or 16 cents a share, from continuing operations, matching analysts' estimates from First Call. Profits fell 23 percent. A year earlier, the company earned $67 million, or 24 cents a share. Revenue from the company's ongoing operations increased 3.4 percent to $1.78 billion compared with $1.73 billion in the year-ago quarter. The company also reiterated its target of mid-single-digit revenue growth and said it expects to "more than double" its net income in 2001 as it realizes restructuring gains. First Call estimates for full-year fiscal 2001 earnings are for $1.27 a share in 2001 vs. 55 cents a share in 2000.