Asustek rises to No. 3 PC vendor in W. Europe


TAIPEI — Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. climbed to third spot in the Western Europe PC market in the third quarter, despite an 11.4 percent year-on-year decline in the market, according to the research firm Gartner Inc.

PC shipments in Western Europe totaled 14.8 million units in the July-September quarter, compared with 16.7 million in Q3 last year, Gartner said in a report Monday.

“The share of mini-notebooks continues to decline, which contributed to the weak year-on-year comparison,” said Meike Escherich, principal analyst at Gartner.

“Moreover, the consumer PC markets in Western Europe remained essentially weak, with consumer confidence permanently shaken by the economic issues spreading across most of the region,” she said.

However, among individual makers, Asustek’s shipments increased 20 percent year-on-year to 1.6 million units, with growth in notebooks across the consumer and small or midsize business markets.

The increase pushed Asustek above Dell Inc. into third place with a 10.6 percent market share. Dell fell to fourth spot with a 9.8 percent share.

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) retained the top position with a 22.7 percent share, managing the uncertainties over a possible spin-off of its PC division better than expected.

Acer Inc. of Taiwan retained its place as the second largest PC maker in the region, taking a 15.2 percent market share. However, the company’s continuing inventory problems gave Asustek and other vendors room to push their own shipments.

Apple Inc. remained in fifth spot but improved its market share to 7.6 percent. The U.S. electronics firm recorded double-digit growth in both the consumer and professional arena, with its mobile PC sales in the market surging 28 percent year-on-year.