Acer was third biggest notebook vendor in late ’06

We heard reports last year that said Acer was on its way to becoming the world’s third-largest notebook vendor behind Dell and HP. Well, according to an eWeek report that quotes figures from iSuppli, Acer succeeded in taking the third place spot away from Toshiba in the fourth quarter of 2006.

The iSuppli figures say Acer saw shipments of its notebooks rise from 2.3 million in the third quarter of last year to a cool 3.4 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 45%. Over the same time period, HP—now the world’s biggest PC vendor—saw shipments rise a less impressive 32%, from presumably around 3.8 million to “more than 5 million.” Meanwhile, Dell and Toshiba saw shipments drop by around 1% each in the fourth quarter. For reference, worldwide shipments of all notebooks went up from 20 million in the third quarter to 23 million in the fourth quarter, a rise of 15.7%.

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