Slower sales of higher-end, midrange systems in the United States and Western Europe held back worldwide server shipments to minimal growth in the second quarter of 2001. The worldwide server market grew 0.7 percent, according to preliminary statistics by Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB). Worldwide server shipments reached 973,784 units in the second quarter of 2001, up from 966,779 units in the second quarter of 2000.

Compaq remained in the top spot with 26.7 percent of the worldwide market, followed by Dell and IBM, garnering 18.0 percent and 16.7 percent of the market, respectively. While the market share positions of the top five worldwide vendors haven't changed, only Dell and IBM had positive year-over- year growth, 28 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

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