Europe's distributors are becoming worried over their rising stock levels in desktop PCs, according to Context, brought on by a radical shift in demand to notebooks through the channel as a result of COVID-19.
The number of notebooks being supplied through western Europe's largest distributors jumped by 55 per cent year on year in Q2 as end users scrambled to work remotely as a result of the pandemic.
The number of shipments flowing through distribution was up 103 per cent in the UK, compared to the same quarter last year, claims Context.
Italy saw the second highest increase in shipments at 72.6 per cent, with Germany logging 51.6 per cent growth, France 43.9 per cent and Spain 41.3 per cent.
The highest growth rates after the UK come from Poland at 60 per cent and Portugal at 74.2 per cent.
It added that notebook sales were strong across both the B2B and consumer segments.
Sales of commercial devices to SMB resellers however fell sequentially in April, which Context said could be the result of smaller resellers becoming "inactive" during the first peak of the pandemic.
It was a different story in terms of desktops, with shipments plummeting 27.8 per cent across western Europe, with commercial systems down 31.6 per cent and consumer products 17.5 per cent.
Context said that distributors have been "voicing strong concerns" about the rise in stock levels as a result of dwindling demand.
Marie-Christine Pygott, senior analyst at Context, said: "The numbers are consistent with the challenges posed by the pandemic - including changes in demand and purchasing behaviour, the closing of shops, companies becoming temporarily inactive, and offices across the continent going remote.
"Notebooks have proved to be the form factor of choice; other IT equipment geared to facilitate remote working and homeschooling has also done well during the crisis, including monitors, accessories and communications software."
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