German PC market up 4.1% in Q1 2006

The German PC market continued to display positive trends in Q1 2006 thanks to sustained demand for notebooks due in part to declining price points. Overall shipment growth remained moderate at 4.6%, affected by large inventory levels placed in the channel in Q4 2005. Desktop sales are expected to remain flat and bring growth of overall PC shipments to a modest 6.3% for the year. Notebooks will continue to drive demand throughout the Q2-Q4 2006, with growth at a healthy 14.4%. After a softer Q1 2006, impacted by high inventory levels in the channel, consumer sales levels will return to stronger double-digit growth.

German PC market in Q1 2006
  Shipments Share Growth
  Q1 2005 Q1 2006 Q1 2005 Q1 2006 YTY
Fujitsu Siemens 444 411 21% 19% -7.6%
HP 227 253 11% 12% 24.9%
Dell 186 233 9% 11% 24.9%
Acer 220 207 10% 9% -5.9%
Medion 158 130 8% 6% -17.6%
Others 860 955 41% 44% 11%
Total 2,096 2,189 100% 100% 4.4%
Source: IDC