Apple retains its number one postion on the West European education market, according to the latest marketshare figures from Gartner.

The company once again took first place in Western Europe in the first-quarter, grabbing 17.3 per cent of the education market (all CPUs including servers) and 18.4 per cent share in the combined desktop and notebook markets.

Apple also continues to gain ground in the UK education market, where it's now the second biggest vendor in terms of dektop and overall sales, Gartner's figures explain.

The news is a consolidation of Apple's continuing success within Europe's education sector. It overtook Dell in terms of UK education marketshare last October, and claimed the top spot in European education sales in February last year.

Apple's education market share in western Europe in 2005 was 15.2 per cent, relegating Dell, with 14.7 per cent, to second place.

Apple market share in the UK education market during the fourth quarter 2005 was 12.5 per cent.