PC sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew modestly in the third quarter of 2002 but signs of recovery are limited, with the corporate sector remaining cautious, according to the latest research from IDC.
Total unit sales for the quarter grew to 8.7 million compared to 8.4 million in the same period last year.
Despite the corporate sector's reluctance to invest there has been some growth, and a 3.3 per cent volume increase was propped by sustained demand from small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) businesses.
"The corporate demand has grown but it's a trickle not a flood," said Andy Brown, analyst at IDC. "But SMEs have shown consistent demand, which has bolstered sales."
Notebooks have recorded healthy growth, and according to IDC they will be a growth area in 2003, with wireless developments and a corporate rebound.
"There is a new impetus in the mobile sector for SMEs and notebook prices have come down to a point that these companies can afford them as well as desktops," said Brown.
On next year's outlook Brown was positive. "The corporate sector is picking up slowly and we expect the next big renewals cycle next year," he said.
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