The continued decline of the UK PC market is the worst the industry has experienced for a decade, according to Gartner.
The latest figures from the research firm show UK PC shipments reached 2.7 million units in the first quarter of 2011, a decline of 18% compared with the previous year.
Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said: "The last time the UK PC market recorded sustained decline was over four consecutive quarters in 2001 and 2002. However, the market has changed considerably since then and PC suppliers need to understand that even the mature markets are evolving into a new phase."
Apple was the only one of the top five manufacturers to experience growth in shipments. HP and Acer increased market share, while Dell fell to third place after poor performance in the professional and consumer space.
In western Europe, professional market shipments dropped 8% as overall shipments fell 18% to 15 million units.
Meike Escherich, principal analyst at Gartner, said: "PC demand in the professional market held back this quarter as the weak economic environment continues to discourage PC spending."
The UK consumer market declined nearly 25% compared with 2010.
UK PC supplier unit shipment estimates for Q1 2011 in thousands of units (source: Gartner)
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