Notebook vendor Toshiba tightened its stranglehold on the UK notebook market in February, with 49 per cent of the indirect market by volume.
The surge in sales came despite widespread product shortages in the channel (PC Dealer, 20 March) after Toshiba admitted that it had underestimated the massive demand. But rival IBM saw Thinkpad sales fall in February, after also being hit by product shortages. IBM's notebook market share fell by four per cent to 12 per cent.
One major notebook dealer said supply of IBM Thinkpad 760s was tight and that dealers were struggling to get product. 'There is product in the channel but it's not necessarily in the right place,' he said. 'When product supply becomes tight distributors are more likely to try to hold on to kit.' Romtec analyst Chris Herbert said that IBM notebook sales had fallen in real terms by 16 per cent between January and February. No one from IBM was available to comment on the figures.
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