Computer News - In Brief


- Acer South Africa has turned in a strong performance in the third quarter of 2005 by retaining its strong second place in the South African notebook market and moving up to the number three spot in the combined notebook and desktop market, according to the latest data from market researcher, IDC.

IDC's data for Q3 shows that Acer South Africa has grown its share of combined notebook and desktop unit shipments from 4.9% in Q3 2004 to 8.4% Q3 this year on the back of 92.7% year-on-year growth. Acer moves into the third place for combined desktop and notebook sales, ahead of Dell, in a market that showed 12.4% year-on-year growth for the quarter. Acer's performance in the local notebook market was equally impressive, with the company holding onto its strong second position. Acer South Africa held a 21% share of total notebook shipments for Q3 2005 compared to 17.3% for the comparable quarter last year. Acer South Africa grew shipments by 92% in a market that grew by 58.4% year-on-year. Acer's strategy has paid off worldwide, with the group performing as well in other parts of the world in Q3 2005 as it did in South Africa. IDC says Acer was the third largest PC supplier in EMEA by unit shipment, shipping 1.25m units in Q3 and growing unit shipments by 47,1% over Q3 2004 to 9.3% market share.