The European PC market experienced its slowest fourth quarter in four years, according to provisional figures released this week, giving weight to fears that the market is becoming saturated.
Fourth-quarter shipments rose only 6.9 percent on the previous year, according to British research firm Context. That compares with 11.7 percent year-on-year growth in 1999 and 20 percent growth in 1997 and 1998.
While there is little evidence of a U.S.-style economic slowdown in Europe, the PC market here may be reaching a saturation point more quickly than the U.S. market. Just one third of UK households own a PC, compared to half in the U.S., but non-PC devices such as interactive television and mobile phones may already be filling consumers' computing needs, according to Context. Full story. --Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK