Corporate PC sales up

The economic slowdown may have seen a cut in overall IT spending but corporate desktop sales in Europe, the Middle East and...

The economic slowdown may have seen a cut in overall IT spending but corporate desktop sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa returned to stronger growth in the first quarter of 2001, the latest IDC figures show.

The analyst group said that after the post-Y2K pause last year, there was evidence of a recovery in corporate hardware spending in the first quarter. It said renewal cycles had picked up again and predicted that Microsoft Windows 2000 roll-outs will continue to drive commercial desktop and Intel server purchases over the next three quarters.

Meanwhile, small and medium business sales were sustained, IDC said.

The group also said notebook sales continued to show strong growth, pushed by aggressive pricing, demand from small and medium business users and an increase in the number of corporate replacements.

"Continued investment in wireless services, including wireless Lans and Bluetooth have assisted notebook growth," said Andy Brown, senior research analyst for IDC's personal and mobile computing group.

First-quarter sales
PC shipments up 5.8% in Western Europe in first quarter 2001 (UK 6.4%)
Major shift in the market segment mix: stronger growth in business sales and dramatic fall in consumer sales
Recovery in corporate hardware spending.

Daniel Thomas

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