Sales of PCs via the channel grew faster than direct sales during 1997, according to figures released by market research company Dataquest.
Dataquest said 3.8 million PCs were purchased in the UK last year. Of these, just under 2.6 million were sold through the channel. This represents a rise of 17.2 per cent on 1996.
The total number of PCs sold direct by manufacturers was 1.2 million, showing an increase of 8.8 per cent on the previous year. Total sales for the UK market rose by 21 per cent.
In terms of individual manufacturers, Compaq has managed to extend its dominance of the UK market with a 17.7 per cent market share, up from 14 per cent the previous year.
Compaq also came out as the leading manufacturer in Europe, taking 16 per cent of the market. IBM came a short distance behind, with just over 10 per cent, followed by HP with seven per cent market share and NEC, Dell and the German Vobis Group all hovering at just above the five per cent mark.
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