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IBM Topped '04 Server Market In Revenue

IBM led the worldwide server market in revenue last year, as the overall market increased by 7.2 percent, a market research firm said Wednesday.

In terms of shipments, however, Hewlett-Packard Co. led, with IBM coming in third behind Dell Inc., Gartner Inc. said.

Overall revenues for the market were $49.5 billion, compared with $46.2 billion in 2003. IBM led the market with a 32.5 percent share, increasing sales by 9.3 percent to $16.1 billion from $14.7 billion a year ago.

HP came in second with a 27.1 percent market share, boosting sales 6.7 percent to $13.4 billion from $12.6 billion a year ago. Sun Microsystems Inc. came in third, as sales declined 4 percent to $5.2 billion from $5.5 billion last year, or a 10.6 percent market share. Dell increased sales by 20 percent to $4.8 billion from $3.99 billion a year ago. Dell had 9.7 percent of the market.

In the fourth quarter, total sales increased 5.7 percent to $14.2 billion from $13.5 billion during the same period a year ago. IBM's revenues increased by 5.8 percent to $5.1 billion, HP 9 percent to $3.9 billion and Dell 18.2 percent to $1.3 billion. Sun saw its revenues decline 5.1 percent to $1.4 billion.

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