*NEWS*PC SHIPMENTS IN W.EU UP 17.7% Q3/07
*NEWS*PC SHIPMENTS IN W.EU UP 17.7% Q3/07
2007-11-07 at 11:47:00 am #21042
PC Shipments in Western Europe Grew 17.7% in the Q3 2007
November 2007 Gartner Says PC Shipments in Western Europe Grew 17.7 Percent in the Third Quarter of 2007
UK, November, 2007 – PC shipments in Western Europe totalled 13.8
million units in the third quarter of 2007, an increase of 17.7 per
cent compared with the same period in 2006. The Western European market
grew faster than expected as the consumer market saw another strong
quarter driven by multiple “back to school” marketing initiativesand
aggressive price promotions across all countries.
The UK Market
Showed One of the Weakest Performances .PC shipments in the UK totalled
2.9 million units in the second quarter of 2007, an increase of 13.6
per cent compared with the same period in 2006. In Western Europe, the
UK showed one of the weakest performances as excess retail inventory
from over forecasted Vista shipments hindered new shipments growth. In
addition, PC sales in the retail market have slowed down showing the
first signs of the impact of the economic
Packard (HP) has become the No.1 vendor in the UK for the first time in
four years. Its strong performance in the consumer market, combined
with Dell’s very weak performance in consumer market, allowed HP to
gain the leading position. “HP and Dell control more than 45 per cent
of the UK market, and with mobile growth remaining strong, HP could
extend its market share in the fourth quarter of 2007,” said Ranjit
Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner, based in the UK.
growth in the consumer market was lower than expected and was
marginally overtaken by growth in the business segment. Demand for
mobile PCs remained the major driver of PC sales as desktop PCs
continued to show weak performance. “Vendors are more than ever
investing in meeting users’ key requirements around mobility. As a
result, this has led to mobile PCs constituting more than 50 per cent
of PCs in both the consumer and business markets for the first time
ever,” Mr Atwal added.
France: Mobile PC Shipments reached 50
Per Cent of Total PC ShipmentsPC shipments in France totalled 2.4
million units in the third quarter of 2007, an increase of 18.4 per
cent compared with the same period in 2006. The growth was driven by a
strong increase in mobile PC shipments which accounted for 50 per cent
of total PC shipments. Demand for mobile PCs in the consumer segment
represented 57 per cent.
This quarter, demand for PCs in the
consumer market exceeded that of the professional segment and
represented 51 per cent of total PC shipments. The consumer market grew
24 per cent and primarily benefited from a successful “back to school”
season from HP, Acer, Toshiba, Apple and ASUS. In addition, the fourth
edition of the micro portable pour etudiant (MIPE) programme and
attractive mobile PC promotions with an ADSLsubscription boosted PC
penetration in the French market.
“Hewlett Packard maintained
its leadership and widened the gap with Acer. However, it will be
interesting to see what impact the purchase of Packard Bell by Acer
will have in the market,” said Isabelle Durand, principal research
analyst at Gartner, based in France.
Acer remained second
despite losing its number one position to HP in the mobile PC market.
Packard Bell’s strategy to pursue more premium brand positioning and
focus on profitability resulted in the weakest performance among the
top five vendors.
Toshiba had a good quarter exhibiting 26.5 per
cent year-on-year growth. Toshiba started to ship AMD notebooks this
quarter which helped the company offer competitively priced mobile PCs
in the consumer segment.
PC Shipments in Germany Grew Higher
than France and the UKPC shipments in Germany totalled 2.7 million
units in the third quarter of 2007, an increase of 23 per cent compared
to the same period in 2006. The consumer market saw an increase of 26
per cent while the business segment grew 21 per cent. The PC market in
Germany showed higher growth than France and the UK, and one in every
five PCs in Western Europe were sold in Germany.The market was driven
by mobile PCs, which accounted for 58 per cent of overall PC shipments,
with volumes increasing 40 per cent over the third quarter of 2006. The
desktop PCs market grew only 5 per cent year-on-year.
Siemens maintained its leading position despite underperforming,
especially in the retail segment. Hewlett-Packard and Acer took
advantage of Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens’ failure to grab consumers’
interest with their mobile PC line. As a result, both vendors posted
growth of 86 and 63 per cent respectively in the mobile segment. Dell
struggled to keep up in the consumer market and showed a 19 per cent
decrease in this segment.
“Overall, demand for mobile PCs
remained the major driver of PC sales, thanks to falling average
selling prices and enhanced performance. Mobile PCs are now viewed as
‘a need to have’ instead of a luxury device and A-brand vendors are
using economy of scale to drive prices even further down,” said Meike
Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner, based in the UK