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The Bedford Report

April 22, 2011 08:46 ET

Apple and Dell Find Profitable Niches in Weak PC Market

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Apple & Dell

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 22, 2011) - Worldwide PC sales remain weak. While demand for PCs in emerging markets is growing at a rapid rate, high unemployment has harmed consumer spending in North America and Western Europe. In addition, the growing popularity of tablet devices is taking market share from PC and Notebook markets. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Personal Computers Industry and provides research reports on Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Dell, Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Preliminary estimates from research firms Gartner and IDC claim that PC sales during the first quarter fell for the first time in six quarters. In the United States, shipments totalled 16.1 million units, compared to 17-million-plus a year ago.

According to IDC Apple commands 8.5 percent of the PC market share. On Wednesday Apple reported record revenues of $24.67 billion and profits of nearly $6 billion. Mac sales were up 28 percent for the quarter ended March 26, to 3.76 million units, according to the company. Apple sold 4.69 million iPads during the quarter, which included the initial launch of the iPad 2.

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IDC reports that Dell holds the second position (behind Hewlett-Packard) with 12.8 percent share of the PC market, up from 12.7 percent in the prior quarter. Dell is trying to expand beyond personal computers to products with higher profit margins, like services, data storage, servers and mobile devices.

Paul Bell, Dell's president of public and large enterprise business units said the company will invest $1 billion worldwide in the current fiscal year to build new data centers and develop sets of products in areas such as virtualization.

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