January 13, 2010 / 9:40 PM / 10 years ago

CORRECTED - UPDATE 1-Worldwide PC shipments up 15.2 pct in Q4-IDC

(Corrects headline to 15.2 pct, not 15.8 pct)

* Q4 global PC shipments up 15.2 pct yr/yr - IDC

* U.S. shipments jump 24 pct, helped by low-cost notebooks

* HP remains market leader

NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Global shipments of personal computers jumped 15.2 percent in the fourth quarter from a year earlier, helped by strong U.S. holiday sales of low-cost notebooks, according to IDC’s quarterly survey released on Wednesday.

The research firm said sales of low-cost notebook computers during the holiday season helped drive U.S. shipments up by a higher-than-expected 24 percent.

IDC research manager David Daoud said a big contraction in sales a year ago contributed to the strong, year-on-year gain in the U.S. market, but that the introduction of lower price points stimulated demand.

“In this context, low-cost notebooks and mini-notebooks were the biggest contributors to the successful fourth quarter. Once again, the consumer market overcame the weak commercial sector to save the quarter,” he said.

Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) solidified its leadership in global market share, with 20.7 percent compared with 19.6 percent a year earlier.

Acer Inc (2353.TW), with 13.4 percent of worldwide market share, grabbed the second spot from Dell Inc DELL.O whose share fell to 12.5 percent from 13.6 percent a year earlier.

Lenovo Group (0992.HK) and Toshiba Corp (6502.T) were in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Reporting by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Richard Chang

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