After years of PC shipments declining, Gartner reports the market is picking up in the US and Europe.
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The CompuLab MintBox 2, a fanless mini-PC running Linux Mint is available to buy directly in Europe, but the first batch has already sold out.
Dell and Telefonica, the telco behind O2, have expanded the NetReady pay-as-you-go bundled laptop and 3G service to 29 countries in Europe.
Number of PC shipments to Western Europe continue to decline for every PC manufacturer except Lenovo.
The broader availability of Microsoft's latest operating sytem has done little to prop up the ailing PC market in Western Europe.
Spike in demand for mobile and flash memory chips helps South Korean chipmaker limit the impact of a slumping PC market to book an operating loss of US$13.6 million.
Ouch, ouch, and ouch. PC shipments are down in Western Europe as the global PC market struggles during the spring-summer dry spell. But sales will likely rocket towards the end of the year.
The British PC market enjoyed a small increase in shipments in this year's first quarter, according to Gartner's preliminary numbers. However, Western Europe as a whole -- which includes the distressed markets in Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain -- saw a 3 percent decline to 15.
The cost of making a PC is moving higher as DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) and hard drive prices remain high, according to Barclays Capital.
PC shipments plunged by 16 per cent in Western Europe both in the fourth quarter of 2011 and over the full year, when compared with 2010. PC suppliers shipped 16.
PC sales have been struggling in the US and Europe but the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) saw an 11 percent growth in shipments to 119 million units last year, according to American research company IDC. This was 3 percent ahead of forecasts.
Samsung's mobile phone sales were up 54 percent in the last three months of 2011, balancing weaker demand for PC memory and disaster-blighted supply chain problems
Dell has launched a small console-style Alienware X51 that, while part of its games-oriented range, could appeal to other users who want an affordable, upgradeable Windows PC for video and graphics processing. It packs a full-size graphics card into a small box, and the options include an Nvidia GeForce GTX 5551 with a gigabyte of GDDR5 video memory.
PC shipments in Western Europe fell by 11.4 percent to 14.
Outlook for 2011's PC growth reduced to 3.8 percent from 9.3 percent due to economic upheaval in U.S. and Western Europe and changing consumer priorities, says Gartner.
PC sales across Western Europe have dropped significantly in Q2 2011. Apple is the only PC manufacturer to show growth.
Netbook shipments in Western Europe halved in this year's second quarter, with problems at the market-leading Acer contributing to a major market slump, according to Gartner's provisional estimates. The industry research company reckons that, in this geographical area, PC shipments fell by 18.
Lenovo has announced plans to acquire German PC manufacturer Medion by acquiring its publicly listed shares, as the Chinese firm aims to boost its foothold in Germany and western Europe
Lenovo will acquire Medion AG, a German PC and electronics manufacturer, in a move that will boost its market share in Western Europe.