80.3 mln PCs sold in EMEA in 2006

PC shipments in EMEA totaled 80.3 mln units in 2006, a 10.8% increase from 2005. The region ended the year with a strong Q4, as shipments totaled 25.7 mln units, an 11.9% increase from Q4 2005. In Q4 2006, the EMEA PC market suffered from weaker demand in Western Europe, in particular from Germany and the Nordic countries. The impending arrival of Vista seemed to have little effect on consumer demand, except to keep prices lower; consumers continued to purchase PCs at the entry level price points, Gartner reports.