The UK PC market returned to growth, according to first quarter preliminary results published by IDC today but the recovery continued to lag behind the continent.
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Around 3.2 million units were shipped in our sceptred isle during the period, up 11.5% on a year ago while sales in western Europe went up 14.5%.
The state of the economy and the looming general election contributed to an uncertain demand environment in the UK business community and to some extent consumers, said IDC research manager Eszter Morvay.
"Overall the UK didn't do too badly," she told MicroScope, "but I expect it to bounce back in the second half of the year after the General Election."
The refresh taking place in the server market is trickling through into PC sales, however it has not yet translated into a mainstream replacement cycle, leading to a 7.2% decline in commercial portable sales while desktop were flat.
The renaissance in consumer desktops continued as All-In-Ones provided a shot in the arm for a segment that has been decline for years, but grew 15.9% in Q1.
However the consumer portables arena - which accounts for roughly half of the total UK PC market - was the sweet spot last quarter, with shipments up 28.7%.