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United States. It has 2.3 percent of the world PC market and 3.1 percent of shipments in the United States, IDC said.

Gartner figures show PC shipments rising 10.3 percent to just over 50 million units. Gartner and IDC often uncover the same trends. But the two firms measure the markets slightly differently and thus publish different figures.

Gartner's measurements also put Dell ahead in the worldwide race with 8.5 million units, up almost 14 percent year over year. But the research firm, citing weakness it observed in the U.S. market, noted that Dell's 14 percent first-quarter growth was the first time the PC maker dipped below the 20 percent growth mark in 10 quarters.

HP had nearly 7 million units shipped, Gartner said, up almost 11 percent. IBM, third in shipments, had 2.3 million, up almost 2 percent. Acer was the dark horse in the quarter, finishing fifth with 1.85 million units, behind Fujitsu-Siemens' 2.1 million units. Although Acer's shipments were far smaller than the likes of Dell and HP, the figure amounts to nearly a 36 percent jump year over year.

The race in the States
Several PC market players also made moves in the United States. PC market, which saw shipments rise to 14.6 million, a 6.5 percent increase from a year ago, according to IDC.

Dell's shipments increased by about 8 percent to nearly 5 million, and HP grew almost 4 percent to about 2.7 million units.

But Gateway, ranked third in the United States, slipped. Despite signs that it's gaining at retailers in the United States, Gateway's combined Gateway-brand and eMachines-brand PC shipments dipped by about 23 percent from a year ago during the first quarter, IDC said.

IDC, which noted that it won't have final figures until after Gateway reports first-quarter earnings later this month, said the PC maker shipped 830,000 units.

IBM came in fourth, with 627,000 units shipped and 4.3 percent of the U.S. market. Apple's 565,000 unit shipments gave it 3.9 percent of the market, good for the fifth spot.

For its part, Gartner observed some troubles in the United States, where it said an uptick in notebook PC shipments wasn't enough to offset declines in desktop PCs. Total U.S. PC unit shipments rose 2.3 percent year over year, to 15.2 million, Gartner said. Dell topped the market with about 4.9 million units shipped, up 8.5 percent. HP had about 2.7 million units, up just over 3 percent. Gartner saw similar results for Gateway, which it says shipped 826,000 units, hurt by traditionally slower first-quarter sales of consumer PCs.

Apple moved up into the fifth position in Gartner's U.S. rankings, between fourth-ranked IBM and sixth-ranked Toshiba. Apple saw strong shipments of iMac and PowerBook models help it grow its overall U.S. shipments by 45 percent to 571,000 during the quarter, Gartner said. Apple had 3.7 percent of U.S. shipments.

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