Promising signs that the IT industry has emerged from the global recession come in the form of the latest figuers for PC shipments in Western Europe, which increased 4% to 20,2-million units in the fourth quarter of 2009.

According to Gartner, PC shipments in the region totalled 64,8-million units for the full year, representing flat unit growth from 2008.
“For the first time in 2009, it was in the fourth quarter that we saw the three major countries in Western Europe posted growth,” says Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner. "The Western European PC market performed better than expected. Despite the tough economic conditions the consumer PC market provided vendors with a source of growth. The vendors that were able to execute their strategy clearly benefited from the consumers’ propensity to purchase PCs.”
Acer moved to the number one position achieving 33,9% growth in the fourth quarter of 2009.
“Outside the top five vendors, we saw Apple, Samsung, Lenovo and Sony post significant growth compared to a year ago. Collectively, these vendors are increasing share and putting considerable competitive pressure on the top five vendors,” says Atwal.
While 2009 was underpinned by the consumer PC market, Gartner expects a resurgence of the professional PC market to bolster the PC market in 2010.
“Windows 7 migration will act as the catalyst for replacement activity in the professional PC market in 2010,” Atwal comments.