Notebook prices keep falling
Market grows as prices fall
Prices for notebook computers in Europe are still falling and in the first quarter of 2005 one in five laptops were sold for less than €800.
Researchers from Context saw the market in the top eight European economies grow by 19.2 per cent.
Jason Harcourt, senior analyst at Context, said: "We see prices continuing to fall, not sure how much in the short-term but we will see more of the lower-end market."
According to Harcourt, Acer has established itself as a top brand across Europe and has shown "fantastic growth". He believes manufacturers will continue to try and maintain a price difference between desktop and notebook machines despite them increasingly offering the same functions.
Sales in UK and France of sub-€800 machines grew 32.9 and 15.2 per cent respectively - more than a quarter of total notebook sales in both countries.
But sales in Germany grew by only 0.2 per cent. Machines costing less than €800 are now the largest market segment replacing the €1,201 to €1,500 segment.
Context looks at indirect sales across Europe to both businesses and consumers.