Global server sales up 11% in Q4 2003

Looser corporate technology budgets and a push by customers to replace aging machines drove worldwide sales of server computers up 11.4% in Q4 2003 YTY, according to IDC. Total server sales reached $13.7 billion in Q4 and $45.7 billion for the full year. Market-leader International Business Machines Corp. had a share of 37.9% in Q4, followed by HP with 25.8% share. For the full year, IBM led HP by about 4%.