Shipments of PCs in the UK fell by 5.1 per cent to three million units in the first quarter of 2009, according to the latest figures from Gartner.
HP shifted the
most units, retaining its number one position, but saw shipments fall during the
quarter by 6.8 per cent, shaving its market share down to 22.2 per cent.
Second placed Dell fared the worst, logging a whopping 22 per cent sales decline, shipping about half as many units as HP during the quarter.
Sales rose slightly across Europe to 15.3 million units, up 0.7 per cent against the same period in 2008. However, the enterprise business fell by some 20 per cent, and Gartner said that sales would have been worse were it not for the popularity of netbooks and small form factor notebooks.
"If it had not been for the mini notebooks, all of western Europe would have seen a bigger decline in shipments. This is a clear indication of the trend that we will see in other countries through 2010," said Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner.
"The consumer market remained buoyant, driven by strong mini notebook demand, and numerous vendors increased their mini notebook shipments during the quar ter."
Gartner's research into the global PC market, released last month, found that worldwide PC shipments totalled 67.2 million in the first quarter of 2009, a 6.5 per cent fall against the same period last year. Again, HP sold the most but there were falling sales across the board.
"We are seeing some evidence of channel inventory restocking, particularly in the US," said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner. "This restocking should not be interpreted as a recovery in PC end-user demand. It is still unclear if the global PC market has hit the bottom."
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