PC-based point of sale systems up 4% in 2006

The PC-based electronic point-of-sale (EPOS) market in Europe/Middle East/Africa experienced a 4% shipment increase in 2006, says IHL Consulting Group. The total value of new EPOS shipments is expected to surpass 1.8 bln Euros and the total installed base value (including shipments, hardware and software maintenance) to surpass 3.2 bln Euros in 2007 ($4.3 Billion US). WEPOS (Windows Embedded for Point of Service) shipments grew by 54%, while Windows XP Embedded grew by 45%. Shipments of Linux-based EPOS shipments grew by 22%.