European PC sales were larger than those in North America, last year, according to analyst Gartner.
This was the first time the European market had outstripped North America, and comes at a time when many US suppliers are looking to India and China to expand their IT sales, the analyst said.
PC shipments to the European, Middle East and African (EMEA) region reached 72.6 million in 2005, which represented 33.2% of the total market.
In contrast, North America accounted for 67.1m shipped PCs, or 30.7% of the market.
In 2004, 62.4 million PCs shipped to North America, while 62 million went to Europe. Gartner said European shipments grew 17.1% last year, while North American shipments grew by 7.5%.
Shipments to the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions grew at a faster pace, at 26%, but the number of PCs shipped to these regions was much lower than North America and Europe.
Gartner said around 42.8 million PCs were shipped to the Asia-Pacific region.
The analyst said the European market had been helped by a strong euro and high laptop sales to consumers.