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HP tops PC sales in India: IDC

Hewlett-Packard has maintained its position as India's No. 1 PC brand with a 16.5% market share in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to an IDC report. The manufacturer has regained the overall top position in Q4 2012, with market share gain of 3.5% on a year-on-year basis.

HP in December 2012 launched its first ultrathin hybrid PC - HP Envy X2, along with a new portfolio of touch-enabled Ultrabooks and All-in-One PCs. The following month, the company joined forces with Universal Music India and to launch HP Connected Music, a service that gives Indian consumers access to global and regional digital music and content. This subscription-based music service provides unlimited rental downloadable music free of charge for a year. This brand new service is available on selected HP notebooks with the embedded Windows 8 launcher.

Globally, HP shipped 62 million PCs per week or 2 PCs every second, last year.

Vinay Awasthi, senior director - product category, PPS, Hewlett-Packard India said, "HP's position as No. 1 yet again is a testament to the trust that our customers place in HP's innovation, rich product portfolio and an unmatched support infrastructure. We take this opportunity to reconfirm our commitment to continue elevating their experiences by offering the very best in notebooks and desktops, backed by the HP's support promise."

Venu Reddy, research director, IDC said, "HP has moved into #1 place in CY Q4 2012 (Oct-Dec 2012), driven by strong sales/marketing campaigns and good mind-share among consumers. This momentum was driven by the fact that portable computers continue to gain in dominance among the PC market segments despite weaker overall PC marketplace."

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