PCs sales are finally increasing, according to Gartner figures for the fourth quarter.
According to the analyst, shipments rose 3.6% to 29.6 million units following three consecutive quarters of declines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Total sales for 2009 fell 6.3%.
"The EMEA PC market was finally on the upward curve in the fourth quarter of 2009. It was the last major region across the world to do so," said Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner.
But he said that the consumer notebook market, including netbooks, had underpinned sales growth, but the professional market remained weak.
"While economic conditions have remained tough, consumers have continued to purchase PCs. Price points have been lower and many are opting for netbooks," he said.
But the dynamics of the market may alter this year. Some vendors, including Dell, expect a corporate desktop refresh in 2010.
Atwal said the market expects more deals next year as four big brands - Samsung, Apple, Lenovo and Sony - are bearing down on the top five vendors, which could lead to further consolidation.
"The EMEA PC market will be even more competitive market this year," he said.
Market leader HP maintained its foothold as the largest supplier, despite posting a 2.6% shipment decline. Acer grew just over 37%, Dell managed 2.8%, Asus sales grew 18.4% and Toshiba remained flat.
A version of this story appeared in MicroScope