After a strong third quarter, revenues generated from sales of desktop monitors across Western European distribution continued to grow in early Q4 2017, driven once again by premium consumer-targeted models.

This is according to the latest data published by Context, which showed most vendors registered revenue increases. These reached €374-million overall for the first six weeks of Q4 2017 – an increase of +12%.

For the second quarter in a row, consumer-targeted monitors outperformed those aimed at business: unit sales of the former increased by +9% year-on-year and revenues by +19%, while the latter saw a revenue increase of only +6% alongside flat unit sales.

The fastest growth in early Q4 was in sales of high-end consumer monitors, driven by average selling price (ASP) growth of +9% year-on-year. Revenues from more expensive models, those above €300, have increased by nearly +42% year-on-year.

“Key factors in the outstanding revenue increase for the period include the product-mix shift toward higher-performing items”, says Dominika Koncewicz, senior analyst at Context. “These include displays, such as gaming monitors; the growing number of high-value monitors, such as the recently launched 49-inch ultra-wide Samsung; and sales to retailers in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.”