“Apple’s success continues in Europe, according to analysts at IDC, noting that 2004’s fourth quarter saw Apple deliver its highest quarterly growth for a year-and-a-half. The company’s already on a roll globally, with its Mac unit sales rising at a higher percentage rate than the industry average. The pattern in Europe appears to be the same,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.
Apple’s shipments in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) climbed 33.2 per cent year-on-year in 2004’s fourth quarter, revealed analyst Ian Gibbs. ‘Growth was nearly double that of the overall market,’ he confirmed,” Evans reports. “Globally, Apple saw 25 per cent unit sales growth in the final quarter of 2004, in contrast to an industry average of 13.7 per cent. Apple’s US market share climbed a point, too – from 3.2 per cent to 3.3 per cent. Focusing on the future, Gibbs stressed the importance of the next twelve months to Apple: ‘Next year is going to be a very important year for Apple as the industry watches and waits to see how successful its Mac Mini will be,’ he said.”
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