PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 17,9-million units in the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of 9,7% compared with the same period in 2006. The Western European market saw slower growth in the fourth quarter 2007 compared with an overall average growth of nearly 12% in 2007.
"Western Europe saw varied growth rates across the region," says Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner, based in the UK.
Southern European countries like Portugal and Spain continued to exhibit strong growth above Western European's average growth, while the more saturated Nordic region saw lower growth overall. The expected consumer boost normally associated with the fourth quarter was less pronounced especially in the consumer desk-based segment.
HP continues to lead in PC shipments, with 22,6% market share, followed by Acer with 17% share, Dell with 11,1%, Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens with 7,3% and Toshiba with 5,6%.
PC shipments in the UK totaled 3,3-million units in the fourth quarter of 2007, an increase of 9,6% compared with the same period in 2006. In 2007, PC shipments in the UK grew 11% compared to 2006.
"The biggest casualty was the desk-based market that declined more than 15%," Atwal adds. "This was the result of weaker demand from the business segment."
The dynamics in the consumer market were different as users purchased higher specifications rather than just concentrated on price. In general, PC sales in the retail sector were strong during the quarter but many retailers decided to reduce exposure to inventory going into 2008 as the economic environment continued to be uncertain.