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There are several reasons why the last quarter was a poor one for the PC market across EMEA but most of them will be all too familiar with resellers trying to battle inventory and currency issues.
Fairly early on this year it became clear that the recovery in the market that had been a feature of 2014 was not going to be maintained as the driver to replace Windows XP had been largely exhausted.
The hope that Windows 10 would spark some spending still remains but is something that most observers are pencilling in as a positive factor for next year.
In the meantime the PC market has continued to produce declines with all of the analyst houses picking up on the latest trends.
IDC and Context have supplied a picture of what happened in the third quarter with the European market as a whole suffering a decline.
The Western European market saw a 18.4% decline in Q3, according to IDC. The UK was slightly better than that with just a 11.1% decline in PC shipments.
One of the problems for the channel were the moves by some vendors to clear inventory of older products ahead of the launch of the Windows 10 machines. Currency fluctuations also played a part with the latest models coming with higher prices as a result.
"The third quarter trends in the EMEA PC market turned out to be very similar to the second quarter," said Maciek Gornicki, research manager, IDC EMEA Personal Computing.
"Bringing inventory levels under control has proven to be very challenging but there has been clear progress and this should facilitate new shipments in the coming quarter. Moreover, some countries in the region continued to suffer from currency volatility and political instability, which have now been constraining IT spending for several quarters, Said Gornicki.