PC shipments in Western Europe increased 9.3% in the second quarter compared to the year-earlier period, fuelled by strong consumer demand, particularly for notebook computers, according to market research published by Gartner.
Shipments totalled 11.2 million units in the second quarter, with Germany, France and the UK accounting for nearly half of the units.
In the UK, shipments increased 8% year over year to 2.1 million units. Consumer purchases of notebooks and desktop PCs drove the growth, according to Gartner.
Dell, which remains the largest supplier of PCs in the UK, saw its shipments in the country dip 7.1% to 530,000 units in the second quarter. By comparison, the company's four major rivals, including Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Acer , were able to sell more products and subsequently increase market share.
In Germany, second-quarter PC shipments rose 5.7% to 2 million units. Notebooks shipments were up 15.5% year over year, while desktop PCs dropped 2.7%.
The largest supplier of PCs in Germany, Fujitsu Siemens, was the only vendor to record a decline; second-quarter shipments of the company, a 50-50 joint venture between Germany's Siemens and Japan's Fujitsu, dropped 12.9% to 301,000 units. The company saw its market share erode from 18.3% in the second quarter of 2006 to 15.1% in the same quarter this year.
Similar to other markets in Western Europe, France experienced strong consumer demand for PCs, particularly notebooks. Total PC shipments were 1.85 million in the second quarter. HP recorded an 11.4% increase in shipments to 381,000 units, giving the company a market share of 20.6%.
Low demand for desktop PCs from large accounts continued to affect Dell's shipments, according to Gartner. The US computer maker, the third-largest supplier in France, shipped 281,000 units in the second quarter, up 4.7% over the year-earlier period, for a market share of 15.2%.