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Preliminary reports from research firm Gartner have found that the worldwide PC market for Q2 2006 grew by 11 percent over Q2 2005 to 54.9 million units.

Gartner found that the Australian PC market also experienced a year-on-year increase of 2.7 percent, totaling 1.1 million units.

The increase in activity is largely being attributed to price cuts across the market, driven by CPU inventory clearance activity Intel and more aggressive pricing by Intel and AMD during the months from April to June.

However the one sector of the market that did not record an increase was desktop PCs. Demand for desktops dropped by 4.3 percent since Q2 2005, which is likely due to the fact that the market is at the end of a desktop replacement cycle in the large enterprise market.

Dell is still the most active manufacturer in the market, shipping 17.7 percent of total PCs. Hewlett-Packard followed Dell with a 14.8 percent market share, followed by Lenovo, Acer and Toshiba.

More information on the Gartner report is available at www.gartner.com