Strong demand for professional desktops and notebooks boosted PC sales growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the second quarter of 2004, fuelling a 15.5 per cent increase in unit shipments compared with the same period in 2003.
According to research from Gartner, PC unit shipments totalled 12.9 million between April and June this year.
"Demand for PCs in the professional market remains strong despite the fact that prices are beginning to stabilise," said Ranjit Atwal, analyst at Gartner, in a statement.
"However, higher than expected channel inventory levels at the end of the quarter have exaggerated the overall growth."
Atwal added that the PC replacement cycle for notebook PCs is reaching its conclusion and overall mobile PC growth rates, while still high, are on a downward trend.
Price pressure over the last few quarters has hit system builders in the mobile PC market, and the market may see some consolidation, Gartner's research predicted.
The study found that, for the second consecutive quarter, Acer recorded the highest unit shipment growth at 60 per cent, as the company capitalised on its strong relationships in both the distribution and retail channels.
HP was the number one vendor in the region, but for the second quarter running saw the lowest growth among the top five vendors. Gartner said HP's focus on internal rather than external activities as a result of a recent reorganisation contributed to this.
Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens and IBM were all found to have outpaced the market as a whole. Gartner expects growth in the second half of the 2004 to be weaker than the first half as mobile PC growth continues its relative decline.
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