Figures released by Dataquest show the growth rate of personal computer sales to European businesses is slowing.

Total PC sales in the second quarter of 2000 were 7.6 million units, an increase of 8.9 per cent over the previous year. The home computer market expanded by 40 per cent, while the business market expanded by only 0.3 per cent in the period.

Dataquest's Howard Seabrook said: "It's difficult to think of a single reason why this is happening, some corporate buyers are weighing how to upgrade technology, and some of this could be caused by reaction to the Millennium Bug."

IDC figures released last week showed PC shipments in the second quarter rose by 9.6 per cent last year in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets.

The figures reflect a trend in which the sales of computers to domestic users continue to grow, while business computer consumption appears more stable. Apple services both markets with its iMac, iBooks, G4 Cubes, PowerBooks and G4 Power Macs.