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Friday, 27 November 2020 07:43

PC shipments in EMEA set to grow by nearly 13% for the year

PC shipments in EMEA set to grow by nearly 13% for the year Image by Leni_und_Tom from Pixabay

Shipments of traditional PCs — notebooks, desktops and workstations — in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will come to 82.7 million units this year, a 12.7% increase year-on-year, the technology analyst firm IDC says, adding that with the effect of the pandemic not expected to lessen in any way, the demand for devices that could be used for working from home would be strong through 2020 and into the first half of 2021.

The company said the Western European market was expected to return to growth of 7.1% year-on-year in the last quarter as the need for mobility grew in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The second wave of the pandemic, allied with businesses still shifting to an indefinite remote working environment, will continue to erode demand for stationary devices," said Liam Hall, senior research analyst, IDC Western Europe Personal Computing.

"Conversely, the persisting exceptional demand for mobile devices needed to support working from home will be further bolstered by the ongoing rollouts of substantial education tenders across many of the region's key geographies."

IDC considers Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK as comprising Western Europe.

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The analyst firm said the Western European consumer market was expected to grow 28.0% year-on-year in the fourth quarter, the third straight quarter of growth.

Though mobile devices would dominate, desktops would benefit from increased gaming demand as people stuck at home sought a means of entertaining themselves.

In Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa, healthy growth of 12.1% and 7.6 % respectively was expected year-on-year in the last quarter.

"With stricter measures being applied in many countries, more people working from home, increased interest in computer gaming or other means of online entertainment, and more distance learning, demand will continue to grow," said Stefania Lorenz, associate vice-president, PCs, Systems, and Infrastructure Solutions, IDC CEMA.

"The public sector, especially the education segment, is predicted to remain very strong in both regions, with expected volumes of 334,000 and 224,000 in CEE and MEA respectively, equating to annual triple-digit growth. The need to digitise education became a fundamental goal for most regional countries."

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