Acer, Asus take first and fourth place in Western Europe

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Taiwanese PC makers commanded a vast portion of the computer market share in Western Europe during the first quarter of 2010, according to Gartner. Acer and Asus "defied the economic conditions" being the only companies among the top five to increase share during the period, with Asus growing the fastest. Acer held the number one position at 23.4%, while Asus claimed number four with 7.9% -- nearly doubling its 4.8% share from a year ago and witnessing an 85% jump in revenue to $2.4 billion.

Gartner believes that much of that success is due to netbook and entry-level notebook sales, which consumers find appealing for their lower prices. Despite the oncoming wave of tablet entries, netbook shipments will rise to 34.5 million units this year and 58.3 million units by 2014, according to research outfit iSuppli.

Information about the remaining positions wasn't provided, though HP, Dell, and Toshiba seem like probable candidates.

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