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The mobile PC market in Europe will be worth over $12 billion by 2005, according to a survey by Frost & Sullivan. With sales almost doubling to $12.53 billion over the next six years, compared to $6.98 billion in 1998, the future is certainly looking bright for portables. More portable, cheaper, higher performance notebooks are paving the way for this remote working revolution, according to the consultancy firm. Those in the market for mobile devices are looking for value first, with high-end kit sales suffering from delays in the release of NT 5, Frost & Sullivan said. Falling component prices and slack markets outside the continent are generating new customer demand. Jan ten Sythoff, Frost & Sullivan analyst, said competition in the sector was stiffening due to poor margins in other areas. "Many portable PC manufacturers are also involved in the desktop PC market, but falling margins in this market have caused some to increase their focus on the higher margin portable business. "Many of the Asian vendors have seen local markets stagnate and decline, and have looked to the European market to increase their sales." ®

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