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Third Quarter 2006 PC Shipment Improvement

According to iSuppli, overall third quarter PC shipments rose at a healthy year-over-year rate of 9.5 percent, coming in at 59.9 million units, up from 54.7 million during the same period in 2005.

"The PC industry had been holding its breath regarding unit shipments in the third quarter, following disappointing results in some segments in the second quarter," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst with iSuppli. "However,the accelerated year-over growth of the third quarter has allayed those fears."

The performance of the desktop segment in the third quarter improved markedly compared to the previous quarter, generating growth of 2.7 percent. "Clearly, the dust has settled from the second quarter hiccup from the imminent arrival of Intel Corp.’s new desktop microprocessor chips and the expected price cuts," Wilkins said.

Meanwhile, the notebook PC segment continued its strong momentum with unit shipments rising 24 percent compared to the third quarter of2005. "As we look to the fourth quarter, iSuppli believes that we will see strong demand, in keeping with the holiday season," Wilkins said.

"Notebook sales will continue their strong momentum. Recent history has shown that aggressive price cuts among PC makers boost sales during the holiday season. We expect this year to be no different," Wilkins added.

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