Apple’s market share in Europe for its second quarter remains unchanged, according to
. IDC, a market research firm, notes that although Apple’s performance was helped by strong laptop sales, it was hurt by weak desktop sales.
“It is still at ninth position within the European market,” IDC analyst Ian Gibbs told Macworld UK. However, “Apple’s shipments have decreased year-on-year for a second quarter running — this time by 0.7 percent.”
This didn’t affect market share, he added, because “Apple’s strengths in the quarter really lay in its attractive notebook offerings.”
Across the industry, the European, Middle East and African notebook market grew 39 percent in the second quarter 2003. Apple’s rate of growth eclipsed this industry average. In Europe, Apple saw 46.5 percent growth in the commercial high-end laptop market (PowerBook G4s) and 56.2 percent growth in the consumer market (iBooks) year-on-year,