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Western Europe PC market saw 3% decline

PC shipments in Western Europe totaled 13.3 million units in the second quarter of 2009, a 3.3% decline from the same period in 2008, according to Gartner's latest press release.

“The Western European PC market saw a diverging trend,” said Ranjit Atwal, principal analyst at Gartner, based in the UK. On one side, the market saw a 21% decline in the professional market and on the other it recorded a 21% growth in the consumer market. The strength of the mini-notebook market, which now constitutes more than a quarter of all consumer shipments, gave the market some momentum. “You have to view the market with and without mini-notebooks to understand the true picture,” he added. ”Without mini-notebooks, the market would have declined more than 15%, but given the new routes to market and price points of these PCs, they have managed to prevent a more severe decline.”

All three major markets the UK, France and Germany saw negative growth and the decline is set to continue for the rest of 2009. Although the UK was the weakest, France and Germany were on the same trajectory with demand in professional and consumer markets expected to weaken.

In the second quarter of 2009, Acer achieved growth through the increase in shipments of mini-notebooks, selling nearly 50 per cent of all mini-notebooks shipped. On the other hand, Dell suffered as sales collapsed in the professional market.