New Zealanders bought 111,117 personal computers during the three months to the end of September, 29% more YTY. The third quarter is traditionally a weak one for PC sales, and though sales were sharply up on the same period last year they declined 10% from Q2 of 2003. IDC expected the dollar-value of the PC market would fall in 2003 because of lower prices. Hewlett-Packard manufactured a third of all PCs sold during the third quarter. IDC said Dell ousted IBM for second place, gaining market share among consumers and small businesses. Taiwanese manufacturer Acer ranked fourth, switching places with Toshiba which dropped to fifth place.