The US has been dethroned by Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as the world's largest PC market, according to 2005 market data from Gartner.
The EMEA region accounted for 72.6 million PC sales last year, compared to 67.2 million in the US, the analyst firm found.
The fourth quarter showed particularly strong sales in EMEA, with unit shipments increasing by 17.2 per cent year-over-year as a result of promotional deals on laptop computers.
Dell remained the largest vendor on a worldwide basis and even increased its market share to 16.8 per cent.
HP, meanwhile, slipped 0.1 per cent point to 14.5 per cent for second place. Lenovo claimed the number three position with 6.9 per cent market share.
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