Netbook sales grow across Europe

Netbook sales continue to climb across Europe, fuelled by attractive prices and subsidised offerings from mobile operators. Figures from...

Netbook sales continue to climb across Europe, fuelled by attractive prices 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 close to a quarter of the total PC market.

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

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

"Netbooks are still in fashion and offer an affordable entry into portable computing, especially for buyers on 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.

A version of this story appeared on MicroScope

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