Photo-finish in race to lead market as vendors tie on market share

Dell displaces Samsung’s LCD lead

Dell has regained the top spot in LCD monitor market, just three months after being dethroned by Samsung, according to the latest figures from research firm, DisplaySearch.

Dell saw growth of 6.8 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2007, statistically tying with Samsung, but in terms of actual units, nudging ahead.

HP maintained its position as third, seeing growth of 12.2 per cent during the quarter.

Overall growth for the period, however, was flat for the first time since the market was created in 1999, with the average rate standing at just 0.5 per cent on the previous quarter.

"While it is quite typical to see a sequential drop off in unit volume sales for both commercial and consumer buyers in seasonally weak period such as the first quarter of each year, it is quite unusual to see such flat growth in the fourth quarter of the calendar year," said Chris Connery, vice-president of PC and Large Format Displays for DisplaySearch.

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