Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) Two Taiwanese computer makers, Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc., saw growth in their shipments of personal computers to Western Europe in the second quarter, even as PC sales in the European market were trending downward, according to researcher Gartner Inc.
Gartner reported Thursday that PC shipments in Western Europe totaled 13.6 million units in the second quarter, a 2.4 percent decline from the same period last year.
Mobile PC shipments grew 4 percent, while desk-based PC shipments fell 12.8 percent, Gartner's figures showed.
The professional PC market declined 5.3 percent, while the consumer PC market was almost flat, with 0.4 percent growth.
Despite the general market decline, Acer recorded year-on-year shipment growth to Western Europe of 15.3 percent for the quarter, improving its market share by 2.7 percentage points to 17.3 percent, second behind HP's 20.2 percent.
Asus's PC shipments to the region surged by 42.8 percent in the quarter, helping it supplant Dell as the company with the third highest market share in the region at 10.7 percent.
"Asus excelled at diversifying its product portfolio, which includes mobile PCs and desk-based PCs, and it is now expanding into Ultrabooks and tablets, all of which are marketed at attractive prices," said Meike Escherich, principal analyst at Gartner.
(By Tien Yu-pin and Elizabeth Hsu)