The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region has for the first time surpassed the US as the world's largest PC market, based on 2005 shipments.
According to research from industry analyst Gartner, over 72.64 million PCs were shipped in EMEA during 2005, giving the region a 33.2 per cent global market share.
This compared to 67.15 million units shipped in the US, which cornered 30.7 per cent of the market. Asia Pacific followed with 42.7 million units, or 19.6 per cent of the total.
Gartner noted that the consumer market did well in the EMEA region, especially in the mobile PC sector where significant promotions in all countries led to exceptional demand.
However sales growth does not appear to be outpacing production, the analyst noted.
HP shipped the most units in EMEA during 2005, garnering a market share of 15.9 per cent, or 11.53 million units shipped, while Dell followed with sales of 8.45 million and a market share of 11.6 per cent. Acer, Fujitsu and NEC took third, fourth and fifth places.
On a global basis it was a different story. According to estimates from Gartner, Dell edged into the lead with 16.8 per cent market share, followed by HP with 14.5 per cent and Lenovo with 6.9 per cent.
Acer and Fujitsu took up the fourth and fifth slots with 4.6 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively.
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