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AMD Up, HP Down in the Numbers Game

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People will be eating hamburgers and hotdogs this Fourth of July, but
today Gartner had to eat a little crow. It reissued its Q1 2008 server sales
figures after receiving updated information on HP server sales and realized
that the change was enough to warrant issuing a correction.

Gartner reported
last May that worldwide server revenue rose 4.3 percent in the first quarter
of 2008 to $13.6 billion. However, the company received new information that
caused it to change the figures on HP sales.

Without getting into details on the process, Gartner research vice
president Jeffrey Hewitt explained that the estimates are based on financial
results that don’t go into this level of detail, so Gartner does a lot of
its own detective work to come up with its own numbers.

HP (NYSE: HPQ) revenue is made up of a bunch of different server
segments, and there were changes in the average selling prices (ASPs) to
some of the servers. The number of servers shipped does not change, only
revenue derived from them, he explained. However, it was enough to affect
the overall Q1 number and cost HP it’s top spot in server revenue over IBM

So Gartner felt it had to clarify the numbers. “It’s been years since we
reissued data in a relatively short time from what we published,” Hewitt
told “We’re pretty loathe to do that, but this was a case where we got additional
info after the fact and felt we had to make some tweaks here. We realized
it’s not something we wanted to wait on.”

Hewlett-Packard’s revenue was initially put at $4.010 billion, for 29.6
percent of the overall revenue and 10.3 percent year-over-year growth. That
was enough to put it just ahead of IBM, with $3.912 billion in revenue.

The revised numbers now put HP revenue at $ 3.773 billion for 28.3
percent of the overall revenue and 3.8 percent year-over-year growth. IBM’s
$3.912 billion remains unchanged and it moves into first place, barely.

It’s hardly bragging rights for IBM. “The overall outlook doesn’t change
in term of long term or short term. It’s one of those things where we
decided based on the input, we needed to adjust ASPs,” said Hewitt.

Up slope for AMD

There’s some upside news for AMD. After several consecutive quarters of
bleeding money, customers and marketshare, iSuppli said the company is
finally gaining customer share. It’s still marginal compared to Intel,
but up is better than down.

In the first quarter of 2008, Intel accounted for 79.7 percent of global
microprocessor revenue, up 1.2 percentage points from 78.5 percent in Q4
2007. However, Q1 08 was down 0.7 percent compared Q1 07.

In contrast, AMD lost market share on a sequential basis in the first
quarter, taking 13 percent of global revenue, down 1.1 percentage points
from 14.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007. On the other hand, the
company managed to increase its share by 2.2 points compared to the first
quarter of 2007.

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