The PC market in Europe continues to grow, despite the continued devaluation of the euro against the dollar and uncertainty in the European economy, according to a study released by Dataquest yesterday.

Third-quarter 2000 shipments to European professional and home markets totalled 8.1 million units, a 9.9 per cent increase over the third quarter of 1999, said the study. This total includes laptops and desktop machines.

Shipments to the professional segment were 5.8 million units, recording a 6.1 per cent increase over the third quarter of 1999. Shipments to the home sector were 2.3 million units, up 21.2 per cent from the third quarter of 1999.

Germany was the largest PC purchaser in Europe, with 1.6 million PCs shipped, an increase of 0.4 per cent over the third quarter of 1999. The UK and France followed in the second and third spots, with shipments of 1.5 million and 1 million units respectively. Greece, with sales of 70,000 PCs in the third quarter of 2000, showed a 49.5 per cent increase in shipments over the third quarter of 1999.

The professional segment in the UK grew 9 per cent.