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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

PC Sales Up 22%

SAN JOSE, California -- Worldwide sales of personal computers surged 22 percent last year, and Dell Computer Corp. surpassed rival Compaq Computer Corp. in U.S. sales for the first time, two research firms said.

Dell sold 7.02 million PCs in the United States in 1999, a 16 percent share of the U.S. market, Dataquest reported.

Research firm International Data Corp. also reported Monday that Dell finished ahead of Compaq.

Compaq, which remained first in global sales, sold 6.86 million computers in the United States, a 15.7 percent share of the market, down from 16.1 percent in 1998. Direct seller Gateway was No. 3 in U.S. sales with 9.1 percent of the market, up from 8.4 percent, followed by Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corp. and Apple Computer, Dataquest reported.