Apple Computer shipped 25% more Macs in the UK in the Q4 2003 than the previous year, according to marketing intelligence firm IDC. An analyst for the company believes consumer interest in Apple's iPod portable music player helped to spotlight its Macintosh PC and benefited sales. For the full year, Apple had a 7.5% growth giving the company a 2.3% market share overall in the UK. Desktop shipments declined 8% while notebook shipments of the PowerBook and iBook grew 40%.
"The numbers were strong for Apple in the quarter and the year overall wasn't bad either," research analyst Ian Gibbs told The Mac Observer from London. "10% year-on-year growth was seen in desktop shipments and 50% in notebooks. Apple also experienced growth in both the consumer and the commercial PC markets." The healthy jump in fourth-quarter shipments gave Apple a market share of 2.2%. A year ago, Apple shipments had declined 3%, leaving it with a market share of 2.1%.