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Acer Laptop Sales To Overtake HP By 2011

Acer has predicted that it will surpass Hewlett-Packard to become the world's largest laptop seller by the end of the year.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the announcement comes after the company's first-quarter results indicate Acer has sold 9.49 million laptop units worldwide, higher than the 9.47 million units sold by its rival, Hewlett-Packard.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Acer chairman JT Wang said: “We have responded faster than our competitors to the demand in the market. We are one of a very few that were able to respond to the market when demand stabilised in the latter part of the second quarter because we were prepared.”

Wang said that the company was in a position to respond to an expected rise in demand for laptops when schools and colleges reopen after the summer break, and again at Christmas.

Acer last year passed Dell to become the world's second-largest computer manufacturer. The company now holds 18 per cent of the global PC market.