UK sales fall 6.5 per cent - PC Retail

UK sales fall 6.5 per cent

Consumer demand evaporates during the second quarter, claims Gartner
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UK PC sales fell by 6.5 per cent during the second quarter, after weak sales in both the corporate and consumer sectors.

A total of 2.6 million PCs were sold during the period, with only Acer and Apple seeing a growth in shipments. HP fell from first to third, while Dell only just managed to hold off Acer at the top of the UK market.

"The difference this quarter was that both the professional and consumer markets were weak in the second quarter of 2009,” said principal analyst at Gartner, Ranjit Atwal.

"The professional market declined more than 25 per cent year-on-year and the consumer market was flat despite the influx of mini-notebooks into the market. This quarter was highlighted by the level of decline across both desk-based and mobile PC platforms, with a quarter of the market disappearing."

However, one area that is not suffering according to the analyst's figures is the telecoms channel. "The emerging Telco retail channel is absorbing some of the increase as they get creative with the packaging of multiple devices to consumers,” added Atwal.

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