564,290 computers were sold in the Gulf States and Levant countries in 1999, marking the first time that annual sales surged beyond half a million.
According to the IDC's latest Middle East PC market report, Compaq continues to be the region's leading PC seller, with IBM strongly holding the runner-up spot. The figures intimate that the international difficulties for Compaq in 1999, did not appear to affect its sales in the Middle East. Compaq's sales increased by 56% in unit shipments in the Gulf and Levant region. The increase enabled Compaq to secure an impressive 21.9% market share in desktops, portable computers and servers in the region. In Saudi Arabia, the market share for the equivalent period was reportedly 16.1%. In the UAE, 37,822 units were sold, while 31,744 were transacted in Saudi Arabia.
IBM held its head high with its impressive showing in the Saudi Kingdom's desktop market - selling 15,369 units in 1999, compared to 10,298 in 1998. IBM notebook sales skyrocketed from 1,192 in 1998 to 6,425 in 1999. Overall, IBM's market share in the GCC and Levant countries constituted 9.9% in 1999.
Abdulaziz Mohammed, regional public relations manager for Compaq, announced upon hearing the released figures, "We're proud to be the market leader." However, experts contend that Compaq should not get "too comfortable" in its position as market leader. IBM and several other players are expected to continually increase their market shares in the region.
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