HTML isn't about presentation, it's about describing how the different parts of a page fit together logically. The TABLE element is for describing how data falls into intersecting categories in the same way that the P element is for indicating a paragraph. Put another way:
Originally Posted by gd4
Tables should not be used purely as a means to layout document content as this may present problems when rendering to non-visual media. Additionally, when used with graphics, these tables may force users to scroll horizontally to view a table designed on a system with a larger display. To minimize these problems, authors should use style sheets to control layout rather than tables.
From the HTML 4.01 Specification
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—Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web