PCs continue to buck the trend, with Western European sales growing by 16.9% during the first seven weeks of Q4 2014.
The data, released by research firm Context, shows that volume sales of PCs, including desktops, notebooks and workstations continued a mini-resurgence, fuelled by the early Christmas rush.
“Growth was predominantly driven by a +25.4% year-on-year increase in sales of consumer-targeted PCs, which benefited from a continuous push in low-cost budget Notebooks during the early holiday period,” said Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at Context.
Business machines were up by 6.9% year-on-year. While there was a decline in desktops, this was offset by the strong sales of notebooks, which saw a 14.9% increase. While the figures are still in the green, there has been a slowdown in enterprise machines, primarily because the XP exodus is starting to slow.
Spain saw the largest spike in sales, with a 37.4% increase in Q4, compared to the same time last year. France also had a strong quarter, with sales increasing by 20.4%, followed by the UK (14.5%), Italy (13.2%) and Germany (12.3%).