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PC sales percentage growth rates will be in the high single digits over the next four to five years, according to Michael Dell.

The Dell Computer CEO, who also thinks the last quarter of this year will be "pretty good", was addressing investors at the Prudential Securities technology conference when he made his market predictions.

PC sales for Western Europe dropped 12 per cent in the third quarter (they were down 15.5 per cent in the UK), but Dell grew its share to 10.4 per cent, citing the usual 'price cuts and direct sales' motivation. It was the only manufacturer in the top five to record an increase for the quarter.

At the investor conference Dell also said that he thinks the industry will see more consolidation like the merger of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq.

At the start of October Microsoft predicted a return to 10 per cent PC sales growth rates. ®

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