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GfK upbeat on MENA PC market potential

Research house GfK sees strong growth potential for the PC market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. GfK is participating as an Event Partner at next month’s DISTREE Middle East – the premier annual event for retailers, distributors and vendors involved in the region’s ICT and consumer electronics (CE) channel. Dr. Rudi Aunkofer, GfK’s global director for IT, will deliver the opening keynote at DISTREE Middle East. GfK will also run a workshop session and participate in forums throughout the event, offering delegates access to the latest data and research insights. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 27 April 2012

Strong PC market figures for MEA

Research house IDC has revealed strong PC shipment figures for the Middle East and Africa region during the first quarter of 2012. IDC claims that PC shipments were up 13.5% year-on-year at 6 million units for the first quarter, driven by strong demand for notebooks, which compensated for a small decline in desktop shipments. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 24 April 2012

Context highlights Apple’s channel growth

Vendor giant Apple’s sales through Western European distribution channel were up 42% year-on-year for the first quarter of 2012, according to research house Context. The data from Context covers third party non-Apple owned IT distribution channels. Context’s research indicates that Apple’s sales growth was mainly due to the strength of iPad sales with almost one million units passing through the European IT channel in the past two quarters alone. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 19 April 2012

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Cloud is the big ‘C’ word in the channel, posing ‘C’onflict, ‘C’onfusion and ‘C’hallenges to the status quo claims Ian Moyse, UK sales director at Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 13 April 2012

Jarir impresses in MERA Twitter Tracker

Saudi Arabian ICT and consumer electronics (CE) retail giant Jarir Bookstore has impressed in the latest set of figures published by the Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Twitter Tracker. During the last four months, Jarir Bookstore has maintained its top position in terms of number of followers, and also achieved the fastest growth rate. Jarir almost quadrupled its number of Twitter followers in the last four months to reach a total of 22,079. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Monday 2 April 2012

Argentinean market exceeds US$8 billion in 2011

Research house GfK’s latest analysis of the ICT, telecoms and consumer electronics market in Argentina has revealed that the total market value grew 12.5% in full year 2011 to hit US$8.01 billion. Argentina - the location for the second annual DISTREE Latin America event later this year - witnessed strong growth across multiple product categories in 2011. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 28 March 2012

Asbis picks up Intel awards

Emerging markets distribution specialist Asbis has picked up channel business development awards from components giant Intel. The two awards recognised Asbis’ performance in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region as well as the Russia and CIS territory. Asbis received the accolades at Intel’s recent distributor conference in Austria. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Wednesday 28 March 2012

Middle East retail channel remains confident

The Middle East Retail Academy (MERA) Monthly Monitor Report (MMR) for February 2012 showed a slide in sales in the region’s ICT and consumer electronics (CE) retail channel as promotional periods – including Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) – came to an end and the market looked to sell out excess inventory to end-users. Despite the slide in sales, the MMR Confidence Index proved resilient, moving up marginally to 6.19 (scored out of 10) from 6.17, driven by positive feedback from both vendors and retailers. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 27 March 2012

Context figures show PC sales drop in Turkey

Channel tracking research house Context reckons that PC unit sales in Turkey in the fourth quarter of 2011 were down 24.5% year-on-year. Context claims that 2012 sales are expected to recover due to a government-backed PC purchasing initiative in the education sector. The project, which is called ‘Faith’, hopes to install networked notebooks, printers, cameras and tablets in some 570,000 classrooms during the next five years. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Tuesday 20 March 2012

Russia to become world’s fourth largest PC market

Russia will become the world’s fourth largest PC market in 2012 with full year PC shipments of more than 13.5m according to research house IDC. More PCs will be sold in Russia than in Germany during the course of the year. Dmitri Konash, Intel’s general manager of Russia, believes it is possible for Russia to ship 16 million PCs in 2012. "That would mean 20% [year-on-year] growth," he commented. Read full story

by Stuart Wilson, Friday 9 March 2012

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