European PDA shipments decline, PalmOne still #1

Some 11.5 mil PDAs shipped last year, Gartner said – 5.3% fewer than in 2002. HP’s shipments grew 40.3% to 2.28 mil units, yielding a market share of 19.9%, up from 13.4% in 2002. PalmOne’s 2003 share was 36.4%, down from 42.5% the previous year. Dell – number five in the chart – experienced the highest growth: 656.5%, as unit shipments grew from 77,000 to 582,500, propelling its market share from 0.6% in 2002 to 5.1% last year.

Research in Motion experienced three-figure growth: 121.4%, taking its market share from 2.3% to 5.3%. RIM was placed fourth in the chart behind Sony, at number three. The Japanese giant grew shipments by a modest 5.5%. It took 12.2% of the market.

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