The PC market recovery in Europe failed to materialise in the UK during the fourth quarter as recession-hit businesses continued to steer clear of new purchases.
Preliminary data from IDC shows that 3.76m units were shipped into the UK channel during the final three months of 2009, representing a 1.7% year-on-year decline,whereas shipments grew by 7.8% in Germany and 2% in France.
“The numbers for the UK are not too great,” said Eszter Morvay, research manager at IDC, “the commercial sector was so weak that it pulled down the entire market.”
Sales of business notebooks and desktops fell 22% and 20% respectively, offsetting more modest growth of 16.5% in consumer portables and 0.3% rise in consumer desktops driven by all-in-one PCs, following three years of declines.
Mainstream computer renewals, which Dell is banking on, are forecast to return in H1 2010 with both corporate enterprises and SMEs expected to refresh aging PC stocks.
“The market will not collapse further but a recovery in demand levels is not expected until the second half of the year,” Morvay told MicroScope.
Taiwanese giant Acer led the UK space with nearly 20% market share after posting 19% growth. HP slipped into second by nudging Dell into third – both of them saw sales decline 7%. Meanwhile, Toshiba’s sales were flat and Samsung snuck into fifth place on the back of 100% growth.