Sales of computers in the last quarter in Western European countries have grown by nearly 20 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2009 according to analyst firm Gartner.
This could well be the proof that the global recession that brought economies worldwide to a stand still is finally over especially as UK, France and the likes are mature markets where computer sales are fuelled by returning rather than new customers.
Even in the UK, computer sales grew by 15 per cent which is well below the average but still is a marked improvement on a dismal 2010. France, in contrast, witnessed sales growth approaching 30 percent with other markets performing in a similar way.
Sales of computer in the whole of Western Europe reached 15.6 million units with PC shipments in the country accounting for around a fifth of it.
Gartner's Ranjit Atwal, research director at the firm, highlighted the fact that "There is no doubt that the introduction of the austerity measures in the UK has hindered any anticipated improvement in the underlying demand for PCs"