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PC sales in Portugal go against the rest of Europe

The first quarter of 2009 did not bring much evolution to the European volume of PC sales compared to the same period last year, but Portugal seems to counter the trend, according to Gartner.

The consultant’s figures for the first three months of the year for Europe show sales of 15.3% of PC and portable units, a growth of just 0.7 percent compared to 2008.

In the same period, in Portugal, sales of these devices grew 8.1 percent compared to last year.

The domestic market is led by HP, with a 30 percent share, followed by Toshiba with 22 percent. In the third position comes the Portuguese Inforlândia with 13.2 percent. Acer and Asus complete the “top 5” with shares of 9.8 and 6.1 percent respectively.

Among the manufacturers, we highlight Acer, which grew more than 70 percent compared to the first three months of 2008. Negatively, Asus and Toshiba saw their sales decrease by, respectively, 12 and 9 percent.

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JP Sá Couto did not enter the top 5, ranking 6th in this classification with 10,500 units sold. Gartner explained to TeK that in its numbers it did not consider the Magalhães project, as they are part of a private project for schools.

It should be remembered that in the IDC figures for 2008, this company was in third place in the sales of PCs with nearly 200 thousand units sold.

The top manufacturers in Europe are also led by HP, whose sales in the first quarter of 2009 grew 1.2 percent compared to 2008. Acer occupies the second position and Dell the third.

Editor’s Note: The news was updated with more information collected in the meantime from Gartner.