MAR­KET CHECK

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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

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