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Acer aces out Lenovo as world's third-largest PC maker

For the first quarter of 2007, Taiwan-based Acer has grabbed a larger market share than Lenovo, according to data collected by iSuppli.

Of the 62 million PCs shipped in the first quarter of 2007, the biggest story is a company that shipped a little over 4 million units. Taiwan-based Acer has taken hold of 6.8 percent of the global PC market, good enough for third place, according to market research firm iSuppli.

After taking the No. 3 slot in worldwide notebook sales from Toshiba in the fourth quarter of 2006, Acer has taken even more ground, this time from Lenovo. The Chinese computer maker is now 0.4 percent points behind Acer in worldwide computer market share.

Acer also turned in the best growth performance of all the top five PC suppliers, according to the iSuppli report. Its shipments grew 45.8 percent to 4.2 million units, up from 2.9 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Hewlett-Packard continued its dominance in the market, maintaining its lead with 17.2 percent market share, followed by Dell at 14.4 percent. Dell was the only one of the top five with negative growth, down almost 7 percent since the first quarter of 2006.