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LatAm: HP Boosts Gap With Dell 

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HP has widened its lead over Dell in Latin America. Meanwhile, Positivo Informatica has captured the number two spot overall.

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

A strong channel network throughout Latin America - and continued strong economic growth regionwide - helped widen Hewlett-Packards lead over Dell in the region.  HP sold 854,893 PCs in Latin America in the second quarter, a 76.9 percent increase from the same period last year, according to market research firm Gartner.

Dell sold 379,350 PCs in the second quarter, which was 9.4 percent better than a year earlier. However, HPs market share jumped from 11.9 percent to 15.2 percent, while Dells fell from 8.5 percent to 6.8 percent, according to Gartner.

"Dell doesnt have a strong presence in the consumer market," says Luis Anavitarte, vice president and research director for Gartners Latin American research. "Theyre mostly on the business side. ...Their lack of presence is clearly a handicap for Dell and a strong point for a vendor like...

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