The PC market recovery in Europe failed to materialise inthe UKduring the fourth quarter as recession-hit businesses continued to steer clear ofnew purchases.
Preliminary data from IDC shows that 3.76m units were shippedinto the UK channel duringthe final three months of 2009, representing a 1.7% year-on-year decline,whereas shipments grew by 7.8% in Germanyand 2% in France.
“The numbers for the UK are not too great,” said EszterMorvay, research manager at IDC, “the commercial sector was so weak that it pulleddown the entire market.”Com
Sales of business notebooks and desktops fell 22% and 20%respectively, offsetting more modest growth of 16.5% in consumer portables and0.3% rise in consumer desktops driven by all-in-one PCs, following three yearsof declines.
Mainstream computer renewals, which Dell is banking on, areforecast to return in H1 2010 with both corporate enterprises and SMEs expectedto refresh aging PC stocks.
“The market will not collapse further but a recovery indemand levels is not expected until the second half of the year,” Morvay toldMicroScope.
Taiwanese giant Acer led the UK space with nearly 20% marketshare after posting 19% growth. HP slipped into second by nudging Dell intothird – both of them saw sales decline 7%. Meanwhile, Toshiba’s sales were flat andSamsung snuck into fifth place on the back of 100% growth.