Posted By RichC on May 24, 2007
Hewlett-Packard has been growing their market for HP personal computers (especially notebooks) through retailers in contrast to the direct sales approach of Dell Computer. As reflected in recent stock performance, HP in a sluggish market is up nearly 100% in two years vs. Dell’s decline of nearly 30% over the same period. Profitably selling computers in recent years has been challenging for Dell using their traditional direct sales model and have announced that they have worked a deal to use retail giant Wal-Mart to begin selling two of their desktop models. Wal-Mart will sell both Dell models below $700 at over 3,500 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada beginning June 10.
click for larger view comparing Dell to HP stock over 2 years