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Notebook sales drive PC market

Shipments of PCs in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) were up 6% in the fourth quarter last year over the same period last year, driven by consumers buying laptop computers, according to Dataquest.

In total, 13.1 million PCs were shipped in EMEA in the last three months of 2002, compared with 12.3 million in the same period of 2001. For the full year 2002, PC shipments in the region grew 3% to 41.1 million units compared with 39.8 million units in 2001.

Corporate buyers still are not placing many orders, replacing PCs on a needs basis only and this is unlikely to change in 2003.

Acer continues to grow on the EMEA market, unseating IBM as the fourth ranked vendor. Acer, benefiting from low prices and an expanding distribution network, saw its shipments grow 28.9% to 683,000 units in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier, when it shipped 530,000 units.

Dell Computer, the number two supplier in the EMEA market, and IBM, now number five, also recorded unit shipment growth in the quarter.

Dell shipped 1.2 million units, 12.9% more than the final three months of 2001. IBM shipped 681,000 thousand PCs in the quarter, up 4.2% from last year.

Market leader Hewlett-Packard (HP) and number three Fujitsu Siemens Computer Holding saw shipments fall by 12.7% and 0.9%, respectively.

The EMEA market trend is broadly in line with the worldwide trend, with consumers driving market growth and sales to businesses lagging which also released its worldwide PC shipment numbers.

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