Dataquest: Europe Sees Slow Q1 PC Shipment Growth

STOCKHOLM (05/09/2000) - Held back by a virtually flat desktop market, first-quarter PC shipments in Europe grew by only 5.6 percent from the same quarter a year ago, according to estimates from market researcher Dataquest Inc.

European PC shipments in the first quarter of 2000 reached 7.5 million units, up from 7.1 million units, with desktop PC shipments growing by less than 1 percent in unit terms, Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Group Inc., said in a statement issued late last week.

The slow growth in the Europe compares to the much healthier 15 percent to 20 percent growth rate for the global PC market in this first quarter, according to estimates by Dataquest and International Data Corp. [See "eMachines Shines as Global PC Shipments Rise," April 24.]Shipments of mobile PCs, however, grew by 38 percent during the quarter, Dataquest said.

Despite losing nearly 2 percent market share, Compaq Computer Corp. still remained Europe's leading PC supplier, with 14 percent market share. Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV came in second, followed by Dell Computer Corp.

Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp. rounded out the top five rankings.

Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Group, in San Jose, California, can be reached at +1-408-468-8009, or via the Web at http://www.dataquest.com/.

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