HardwareCentral: According to research firm iSuppli, Dell has regained its former position as the second largest PC maker behind HP. Last year, Acer briefly gained the number two spot, but during the second quarter, Acer's shipments fell 6.2 percent, despite a 1.1 percent increase in global shipments compared to the first quarter. Dell now has a 12.8 percent market share, and Acer has 12.4 percent.
iSuppli analyst Matthew Wilkins said that Acer's focus on notebooks probably hurt its sales during the quarter when companies were refreshing their fleets of desktops and servers. "With its product line heavily focused on mobile PCs, Acer's sequential decline in notebook shipments impacted its position at the total PC level more than its competitors, which were able to draw on the upswing in desktop shipments to bolster their total shipments," he said.