UK Tablet Sales Rise as netbooks Continue to Fall

Tablet sales in UK rose by a huge 910 per cent in the first quarter of 2011, as people continue to flock to the portable form factor at the expense of netbooks, according to figures from market research firm Context.

Notebook unit sales fell 5.8 per cent during Q1, while netbooks were down 25.6 per cent year on year. Desktop unit sales fell 9.3 per cent.

UK PC sales during the first quarter of the year were down 7.7 per cent, well below the European average of 2.9 per cent. Only Italy and Spain saw bigger declines, of 10.4 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively. France and Germany both saw sales rise.

However, Context expects a reasonable growth rate in the business PC sector in 2012, even if only by a single digit.

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