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  • Japan PC Makers Lead World Mart, Acer is 6th
  • January 7, 1998 (TAIPEI) -- Japanese personal computer makers still lead the worldwide computer market, according to statistics from market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC). From Taiwan
    Toshiba Corp., IBM Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. ranked in the top five PC makers in the first three quarters of 1997.

    Acer Inc. ranked sixth after taking over Texas Instrument Inc., marking it the only Taiwan company that falls within IDC's Top 10.

    Toshiba reported sales of 2.18 million sets between January and September, IBM had 1.19 million, Compaq had 1.05 million, NEC had 700,000-plus and Fujitsu had 700,000 sets.

    Acer was followed by Dell Computer Corp., Packard Bell Co., Apple Computer Inc. and Sharp Corp. Hitachi Ltd., which ranked as the 11th largest PC supplier, lost to Sharp by a slim volume of 4,000 sets.

    Acer said it was helped by Texas Instrument Inc.'s PC business, as its takeover of TI's PCs allowed Acer to market PC products using the name "AcerTI," which helped boost corporate demand.

    Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry (III) said the Top 10 PC firms' worldwide market share is on the rise.

    For the first quarter of 1997, the group of 10 companies registered a market share of 72 percent, up from 64.2 percent in 1995 and 68.3 percent in 1996, which is an indication that their market share has been expanding at an annual pace of four percentage points.

    Toshiba, named as having the best potential as a client by Taiwan OEMs, will not be ready to place orders locally until 1999.

    (Commercial Times, Taiwan)

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    Updated: Tue Jan 6 19:47:51 1998