European PC market fades

IBM PCA further decline in sales of PCs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) was recorded in the first quarter of this year.

IDC said sales fell by 7.7 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Last year commercial sales were good as companies replaced PCs following the withdrawal of support for Microsoft Windows XP.

Other factors also affected sales during the quarter – currency fluctuations and political tensions had an effect.

But sales of notebooks with Bing improved compared to desktops – desktop PCs fell by 14 percent in the quarter but notebooks only 3.6 percent.

Market consolidation has increased but IDC gave a lukewarm prediction for the future. Analyst Chrystelle Labesque said that while there is some anticipation for new microprocessors and operating systems, the strong dollar will hit IT budgets.

Commercial PC shipments in Western Europe posted a 9.5 decline in the quarter, while desktop shipments fell by 17.2 percent. The UK and Germany both posted double digit declines and France was flat.

IDC said that vendors continued to ship Bing cheap products but the commercial market will remain negative.