Netbook sales grow across Europe

Netbook sales continue to climb across Europe fuelled by attractive price points and subsidised offerings from mobile operators.

Netbook sales continue to climb across Europe fuelled by attractive price points and subsidised offerings from mobile operators.

Figures from Context show a sales increase of 37.7% last month across Europe with the market for the small form factor notebooks now close to a quarter of the PC market.

"They now make up 22% of all PCs being sold by leading European IT distributors, and 30% of all notebook PC sales,” said Jeremy Davies, co-founder of Context.

In terms of the impact on distribution the 58 disties that contribute sales information to Context shifted 420,000 units.

Davies expects the popularity of the netbook to continue this month because of the popularity of the product in the run up to Christmas.

“Netbooks are still in fashion and offer an affordable entry into portable computing especially for buyers with tight budgets”, said Davies.

“In addition to this, mobile operators are offering subsidised entry by offering netbook deals through relatively small monthly payments,” he added.

In terms of vendors the top netbook players in terms of shares of sales in the UK were Acer followed by Asus and Samsung.

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