Desktop workstation sales continue to rise

Unit sales up 39.8 per cent year-on-year in Western Europe
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Sales of desktop workstations through Western European distribution increased by 39.8 per cent during the first 11 weeks of Q2 2014 compared to the same period last year.

Italy, France and the UK increased their desktop workstation sales by 54.1 per cent, 21 per cent and 49.7 per cent respectively. Spain registered a whopping 123.9 per cent year-on-year increase, albeit from a smaller base.

Following quarterly year-on-year declines throughout Europe in 2013, desktop workstations had seen a return to growth in the first quarter of 2014, when unit sales were up 10.8 per cent compared to the prior-year period, according to figures from analyst Context.

This latest data shows sales have continued to grow, due in part to the end of XP support.

“Sales were driving by XP migration projects, the need for product refreshes and an improving economic situation in some of the Western European countries”, commented Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at Context.

Workstation sales increased across all of the top five Western European countries in early Q2 2014. Germany was the largest desktop workstation market in distribution and saw unit sales go up by 48.4 per cent year-on-year. It was also the strongest growth driver in terms of absolute volume sales.

The news comes after Gartner said that the PC market is showing a 'relative revival' in 2014.

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