PC sales bounce back in second quarter


PC sales bounce back in second quarter

Kathleen Hall

PC sales in Western Europe grew to 15.6 million units in the second quarter of 2010, up 19.6% compared to the same period in 2009, according to Gartner.

The consumer market continued to perform significantly above the professional segment, driven by consumer notebooks and expanding sales of all-in-one desktop PCs, found the research firm.

"The strong performance in the second quarter of 2010 was partly due to a weak second quarter of 2009. For a better comparison, the PC market in Western Europe grew 6% compared with the second quarter of 2008, indicating not only a recovery but good underlying market strength," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

However, demand for mini-notebooks slowed to growth of less than 10%, below the growth rate of standard mobile PCs.

PC manufacturer Acer became the most popular supplier in Western Europe in the second quarter of 2010, while Asus and vendors outside the top five positions also experienced strong growth. Apple, Sony, Samsung and Lenovo all grew above 30%.

"Despite the increased economic concerns, the Western European PC market is the most competitive we have seen for many years," said Atwal. "It is now a market influenced by the top 10, and not just by the top five vendors."

Microsoft recently announced record fourth quarter profits of $16.04bn on the back of increased demand for PCs running its operating system.

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