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PCs climb out of recession

Businesses and consumers appear to be buying more PCs, according to Gartner's latest...

Businesses and consumers appear to be buying more PCs, according to Gartner's latest research on PC shipments. Recovery in the EMEA PC arena has lagged the rest of the world, but sales are finally on the up after Gartner recorded growth in the fourth quarter.

According to the analyst, shipments went up 3.6% to 29.6m units following three consecutive quarters of decline, which meant that total sales for 2009 fell by 6.3%.

"The EMEA PC market was finally on the upward curve in the fourth quarter of 2009, and was the last major region across the world to do so," said Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner.

The consumer notebook market, including netbooks, once again underpinned sales growth and though figures for individual sectors were not yet available to publish, the professional market remained weak, said Atwal.

"While economic conditions have remained tough, consumers have continued to purchase PCs, although obviously price points have been lower and many are opting for netbooks," he said.

The dynamics of the market may alter somewhat this year, however, as some PC manufacturers including Dell expect a corporate desktop refresh in 2010, which could skew market share positions.

Market leader HP maintained its foothold at the summit despite posting a 2.6% shipment decline. Meanwhile, Acer grew just over 37%, Dell managed 2.8%, ASUS sales went up 18.4% and Toshiba remained flat.

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