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Sales of AMD Opteron-based servers in Europe appear to be slowing, market watcher Context warns.

After tracking Opteron sales throughout Europe's seven biggest economies, Context today said that sales growth collapsed during the early month of Q4 2004.

In Q3 2004, sales grew month on month by up to 50 per cent, but October sales were only 8.6 per cent up on September. In November, sales fell 18 per cent on the previous month. Numbers for December 2004 are not yet available.

Context expects Opteron-based servers to take under one percentage point of x86 server market share in Europe during Q4 2004. Small that may be, but the platform is now regularly appearing on the monthly sales charts, showing sufficient demand to lift the platform out of the 'purchase a few machines for evaluation' stage.

During Q2 2004, Opteron-based machines accounted for 0.45 per cent of the x86 server market in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. By Q3 Opteron's share had risen to one per cent, Context told The Register.

Context monitors shipments through European resellers. The key suppliers are HP and IBM. ®

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