Dataquest: European server sales down 4%

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Dataquest: European server sales down 4%

Server shipments in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region fell 4% in the second quarter of 2002 compared with the same period last year, according to market research organisation Dataquest.

EMEA shipments reached 307,761 units, compared with 320,956 units shipped in the same period last year, Dataquest reported.

However, the US server market was up 9.9% in the second quarter, to 482,647 units, said Dataquest. Worldwide server shipments totalled 1.08 million units, up 0.5% over the same quarter last year, Gartner said.

The weakness in the European market is mainly because of a lack of new project-related investment, Dataquest said.

With buyers favouring low-end systems over midrange servers, vendors priced systems aggressively, and the overall EMEA server market declined in value by 14% in the quarter, compared with the same period last year, falling to $3.54bn (£2.3bn).

The combination of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq moved the new company into first place in the European rankings, despite HP and Compaq both individually selling less than last year.

The new HP had 39.3% market share. IBM came in second place, with 14.5% of the market and Dell third with a 13.9% share of the server market.

Sun Microsystems, in forth place with 7.7% of the EMEA server market, showed a 21.3% improvement on last year with 23,845 units shipped in the quarter.

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