We reveal the results of the 2018 Channel Confidence Survey for the Middle East and North Africa market.
In a year that has continued the trend of the last seven years, the desktop PC and notebook market has carried on reporting declines in sales. Surprisingly, despite the gloomy picture in the PC segment, key findings revealed that 33.0% of respondents to the survey experienced double-digit growth, 35% had single-digit grow while 29.0% said business was flat with 3% posting a single digit decline.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) PC market saw a year-over-year decline of 25.6% in the second quarter of 2016, the steepest decline ever recorded for a single quarter in the region, according to analyst IDC.
Shailendra Rughwani, chairman, Experts Computer Group, said 2018 has been challenging so far even though the year started on a positive note and the first quarter was looking better but after that there was a dip in sales. Rughwani said this was mainly due to business in the neighbouring GCC countries being slow. “Business in Saudi Arabia was slow which effected export sales,” he said. “Other markets in the Middle East have been slow due to instability.”
2018 has been challenging so far even though the year started on a positive note and the first quarter was looking better but after that there was a dip in sales.”SHAILENDRA RUGHWANI, CHAIRMAN, EXPERTS COMPUTER GROUP