Laptop Units Up But Dell Slips (DELL)

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Barron’s was good enough to point to a new survey from DisplaySearch. It covers laptop sales for Q2.

Notebook sales rose 40% in Q2 this year compared to the same quarter in 2007, up to over 24 million units.

But, sales of Dell (DELL) notebooks were slower than the industry as a whole, moving up only 10% to 3.4 million units. The company still held second place overall with a global share of 14.1%.

Hewlett-Packard’s (HPQ) increase over last year was 77% to 4.7 million units, a global share of 19.5%.

The figures indicate that a turnaround at Dell still may well be several quarters away. Laptop sales are out-pacing desktops at most PC companies, but Dell continues to lag.

Douglas A. McIntyre