PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 15,3-million units in the first quarter of 2009, a 0,7% increase from the same period in 2008, according to Gartner.
Of the leading Western European countries, the UK was the weakest, while France and Germany saw low single-digit growth.
"If it had not been for the mini notebooks, all of Western Europe would have seen a bigger decline in shipments," says Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner, based in the UK.
In the first quarter of 2009, the professional market declined more than 20% year-on-year as businesses clearly refrained from buying and subsequently extended there PC lifecycles. "This is a clear indication of the trend that we will see in other countries through 2010," says Atwal.
"The consumer market remained buoyant driven by strong mini notebook demand, and numerous vendors increased their mini notebook shipments during the quarter."
Acer continued to grow despite the tough environment with strong mini notebook shipments in retail and the telco channel, while HP maintained its leading position with 1,2% year-on-year growth. Dell faced the impact of the slowdown with over exposure to the three weakest elements of the market: the UK market, the professional and overall desktop markets.