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Worldwide Server Shipments Grew 3.6 Percent in Third Quarter

Worldwide server shipments increased 3.6 percent year-on-year, but revenue declined to 2.8 percent from the third quarter of 2011, according to researcher Gartner, Inc.

Server revenue was weak, due to “ongoing economic weakness and market segment differences,” according to Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. “Only the North America and Asia/Pacific regions managed any revenue growth, and even those were essentially flat year to year.”

He added that North America posted a 1.1 percent increase in server revenue, and Asia/Pacific grew a marginal 0.7 percent.

Unit shipments in North America, Latin America and Asia/Pacific grew, but shipments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), along with Japan, declined in the third quarter compared to the same period last year.

North America grew the most in shipments with a 7.4 percent increase.

“Against a backdrop of continued economic and business challenges, EMEA remains the weak spot for global server sales,” said Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner.

He noted that server sales in Western Europe fell by 7.6 percent, while sales in Eastern Europe dropped by 11.8 percent. In the Middle East and Africa, sales fell 14 percent.

By technology, x86 server shipments grew 4.3 percent in the third quarter of 2012, and revenue increased 4 percent from the third quarter of 2011, Gartner reported. Shipments of RISC/Itanium Unix servers fell 31.1 percent in the third quarter and revenue declined 16.4 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011, according to the researcher.

Four of the top five global vendors had revenue decreases for the third quarter of 2012. Dell was the only vendor among the top five to have its revenue increase in the third quarter.