Servers up 2.4% in Q2 2005 in EMEA
According to IDC, factory revenue in EMEA server market systems grew at 2.4% YTY to $4.0 bln in the Q2 2005, the lowest growth rate recorded in nine consecutive quarters of positive revenue growth. The Euro picture of the EMEA server market is slightly gloomier, as the market declined 2.0% in annual comparison to just over 3.1 bln euros. Unit shipments grew 9.6% to 522,000, the lowest unit growth in more than two years on the back of high double-digit annual growth in the previous quarters. The market for servers in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) continued to expand at the faster rate in Q2 2005, topping by far the other EMEA sub-regions’ performances. Compared to Q2 2004, shipments were up by 20.5% and revenue up 12.0%. This increased CEE revenue share to 7.1%. Growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) was more subdued in 2Q05 in comparison to previous quarters but still higher than the European average with revenue and unit growth at 11.7% and 10.5% respectively.