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March 7, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Compaq Computer Corp has just received details of another survey to celebrate, once again from Storeboard Inc of Richardson, Texas. Compaq says that Storeboard’s US dealer survey for 1987 shows that Compaq accounted for an increased share of US personal computer dealer revenues during 1987 and that the sale of AT-bus MS-DOS micros dominated the market throughout 1987. Compaq says the figures show that it had a strong and growing number two position, accounting for 24% of dealer channel business in 1987 against 18% in 1986. Furthermore it reckons that eight out of 10 80386 boxes sold by dealers in 1987 were Compaqs (although that’s not too surprising because the IBM PS/2 Model 80 only arrived at the back end of the year). In the 286 based product segment for 1987, IBM and Compaq accounted for 75% of the dealer units sold, with Compaq ranking number two. As for the IBM Microchannel, the report shows that Microchannel PS/2s took about a third of the market for high-performance 80286 and 80386 machines, with the balance taken by AT bus boxes. Despite the onslaught from lap-tops, Compaq dominated the portable market.

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