UK PC market bouyant despite slide in netbook sales

PC sales through UK distributors grew healthily in October despite the continued decline in netbook shipments. Market data from Context showed that more £122m worth of desktops, notebooks, workstations, tablets and x86 servers were pushed through wholesalers, up 19% on the same month in 2009

PC sales through UK distributors grew healthily in October despite the continued decline in netbook shipments.

Market data from Context showed that more £122m worth of desktops, notebooks, workstations, tablets and x86 servers were pushed through wholesalers, up 19% on the same month in 2009 while shipments climbed 13%.

Unit growth was "largely driven by notebooks up 15% on last year and tablets are also doing well, up 67%", said Marie-Christine Pygott, Context senior analyst.

Mainstream portable shipments rose 32% but the desktop market slowed to 4% "as it ceases to benefit from the strong back to school consumer demand that drove desktop growth in September," she added.

However, evidence continues to mount that the netbook platform, which buoyed PC sales during the recession, has hit the buffers as sales declined again in October, down 22% on the same month last year.

"As a result, netbook share of the overall notebook market in the UK is down to 20% in October, [down] from 25% in September, and around 30% in July and August," said Pygott.

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