UK Mac sales grew more than 17% in the final quarter of 2011 according to market research company Gartner.
2.9 million PCs – Macs and Windows – were shipped in the UK during the quarter, down 19.6% on the same period last year.
According to Gartner, Apple was the only big name computer maker to see growth in the UK during the quarter.
In a statement Gartner notes “this was the UK’s fifth consecutive quarterly shipment decline, and also its worst decline in five quarters.”
“The UK market has been a prime illustration of the underlying weakness in PC demand across Western Europe,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at the firm.
Atwal warned that “PC vendors face a long, uphill struggle to regain the interest of consumers” and said the introduction of Ultrabooks – thin Windows laptops similar in looks to Apple’s MacBook Air – “is desperately needed” to revitalise the market.
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