Compaq continues to lead but Toshiba has overtaken IBM to take fourth place in the UK total PC market based on the sale of notebook PCs alone, according to Dataquest's latest figures.
Toshiba's feat is all the more remarkable as the Q2 '97 figures are based only on Toshiba's notebook sales. Toshiba didn't enter the desktop sector until June. Those figures will fall into Q3.
The company also continues to dominate the UK notebook PC market with a 34.7% share in Q2 1997 - two and a half times more than its nearest rival Compaq.
Murray McKerlie, portable business manager at Toshiba in the UK, commented: "These figures prove what a significant part mobile computing now plays in the PC business. Notebooks are still our bread and butter but our market share should look even better in the next quarter when the desktop figures are included."
Compaq extended its number-one lead in Q2 with a market share of 17.8% up from 14% in the same quarter last year. Compaq's share of the total UK portable market increased from 9.7% in Q2 1996 to 13% in the same quarter this year. Compaq was followed by Dell on 11.6%, Packard Bell/NEC on 5.9%, Toshiba on 5.8% and IBM on 5.5%.
In the same quarter, the European PC market grew by 16%, making it the best quarter in 18 months, according to Dataquest. The research company said this growth was largely a result of increased sales by the top five manufacturers, and continues the trend towards a tiered, led by Compaq, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Siemens Nixdorf.
All of the leading established manufacturers except IBM experienced dramatic growth in both unit and market share terms over the corresponding quarter for 1996.
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