Western European PC sales are showing no signs of slowing down, with growth of 26 per cent in the third quarter this year.
Market researcher IDC said that sales for Europe, the middle East and Africa made the region the fastest growing in the world in the quarter.
This follows strong growth also recorded in the first half of 1998. Although the international vendors fared best, with some experiencing sales rises considerably above the 20 per cent Emea average, most smaller PC firms struggled to keep pace.
IDC said the shift away from local vendors was due to the fact that users appear to have more confidence in international companies to supply effective solutions to the Year 2000 problem.
The researcher said the western European growth was assisted by unusually attractive desktop prices, coupled with a boom in Internet and Intranet adoption rates. However, costs involved with fixing the Year 2000 problem and conversion to the Euro have put a drain on budgets in smaller sized companies.
While Compaq continued to dominate, with 19 per cent of the overall western European market and a 39 per cent growth rate, Dell recorded an impressive growth for the quarter at almost 90 per cent.
The direct PC vendor was also one of the few major suppliers to record consistent positive growth in eastern Europe, up almost 45 per cent year on year and trebling its growth in server sales in the region.
IDC shared the view of other PC researchers and predicted that Dell would continue to reinforce its pressure on Compaq?s lead position in the market.
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