Western European PC market to grow at 7.9% a year

Western European PC shipments will expand by a solid 7.9% average annual growth rate over the next 5 years, IDC claims. In 2005, portable PC sales expanded by a robust 31.1%, while desktop sales also recorded a healthy 7.5% growth. Western European PC shipments reached 47 mln units in 2005, representing a solid 16.3% increase YTY, while total revenue amounted to 42 bln euros, increasing by 4.1% YTY. Overall market growth in 2006-2007 is set to decelerate to below 9% due to slowing desktop trends. However, notebook momentum will continue fueling market demand and growth opportunities, while vendor competition is not expected to soften. Notebook sales will remain buoyant with average annual growth reaching close to 18% in 2006-2007.