Continuing pressures on the PC market saw shipments down by 1.5 per cent in Europe, the Middle-East, and Africa (EMEA).

The Q1 2002 results from data analysts IDC show the PC market is in limited recovery.

The notebook market continued its momentum as expected, with growth of over 13 per cent in EMEA. However, desktop and notebook sales have been affected by cautious corporate investment.

Consumer demand for desktops is soft – this is not expected to change before the second half of the year due to slow product cycles, according to IDC.

But, strong competition in the retail channel is driving consumer demand for notebooks.

Growth in notebook sales Andy Brown, research manager for EMEA mobile computing at IDC, said: “Notebook uptake among SMB (Small/Medium Business) professionals and consumers continued unabated.

“The market for portable computers should see a further lift, with low penetration and a corporate recovery helping to drive the market in the second-half of the year," he added.

Trends in Western Europe were consistent and in line with forecasts, with a decline of 5.1 per cent year-on-year.

Apple came ninth in a list of top ten EMEA vendors. The company returned to positive-growth due to strong performance in the UK and France, its two largest markets, recording 203,000 shipments for the quarter, and capturing 2.3 per cent of the market.

Compaq, Dell, and HP were the top three vendors with the lion’s share of shipments. Compaq lead with 14.5 per cent of shipments, while Dell and HP accounted for 11.2 and 9.4 per cent of shipments made respectively.