back to article PC sales get that post-Brexit vote sinking feeling

PC makers - ones that use middlemen to reach customers - are selling fewer boxes in the UK but generating more cash from them because of post-Brexit vote price rises and demand shifting to higher-end gear. Shipments into distributors in Britain fell 12 per cent year on year in Q4 to a little more than one million units: …

  1. AMBxx Silver badge

    Weaker Euro against US Dollar?

    They sure? - only 2 currencies were weaker than the US Dollar in 2017 and they weren't Sterling or Euro.

    1. JimmyPage

      re: Does it matter ?

      Since when has the ability to raise prices needed a genuine excuse ?

  2. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    And what is the $/£ exchange rate now?

    Around $1.39/£1.00 which is not that far removed from what it was pre June 2016.

    Where are the reductions in price of IT kit?

    {cue tumbleweeds blowing up the M1}

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  3. Teiwaz Silver badge

    an aside

    Notebook shipments into the channel fell 13.6 per cent to 825k

    The channel reference makes me think 'obviously, what fish are left can hardly been great consumers of tech goods, unless it's the Sea Devils again'

    I know what it's actually supposed to mean, it's like a conversation on ham and chips I once had with a Spaniard, I found my mind constantly derailed by images of strawberry preserves over fried potato.

    1. Alister Silver badge

      Re: an aside

      Yep, me too, I read "shipments into the channel" and had an immediate mental image of a string of container ships...

      Oh, and LOL at jamón, as well.

  4. Updraft102

    That post-Brexit vote sinking feeling?

    Given the outcome, I think it's safe to say that a good part of your readership didn't experience such a thing.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Profits rose because prices were jacked up well more than any rise in manufacturing costs. Blaming it on politics is just marketing bullshit, otherwise known as a lie, plain and simple.

    1. Teiwaz Silver badge

      Re: Liars

      Politicians were either making up numbers or sexing up any given number exponentially in order to convince the public to buy into their view.

      Quite sensibly commercial entities looked at the result and thought the public would buy anything at any price....

  6. andy 103

    A bit like in 2008 when there was a recession, so loads of employers said "ooh there's a recession, we can't give you a pay rise".

    Convenient excuse more like.

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  8. ColonelClaw

    Slightly off-topic, but sort-of related:

    The RAM for a machine I built last September, and just built again this January cost £200 more for the exact same specification and quantity (went from £500 -> £700). Strangely, though, RAM never seems to be out of stock with any of our suppliers.

    Are RAM prices a complete scam? A year ago the same RAM would have been just over £300. Something aint right.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Are RAM prices a complete scam

      Yes, all the Japanese, American, Korean Chinese and Taiwanese fabs get together at a secret meeting at Davos and agree to rig prices. It's a rare example of perfect international cooperation.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sloppy Analysis

    Tough to draw the conclusion that is all due to the Brexit, because that is not the only factor in play.

    The prices also went up for the rest of the EU as a whole (8.7% compared to 12%).

    How about the EU numbers per country?

    Since the EU number given is an average, I'm sure we'll see higher and lower numbers there - probably comparable to that given for the UK.

  10. unwarranted triumphalism

    It's OK, I'm sure the Remainers have an explanation for why they;re destroying the economy.

  11. DCFusor Silver badge

    Crazy as yanks

    With blaming political causes for every damn thing, as if either side of any question had the answer, and all questions have 2 and only 2 sides and your political divide is a perfect mapping onto the two.

    Vain about human nature and politics, much? When was that ever actually true?

    We need to turn off this horrible shoe-shop ray and get to solving our problems instead of whining that if only the "other" team had "won" we wouldn't have them. When in all of history has that worked, anyway?

    You are as fully divided and conquered as any yank.

    WTF went wrong with this planet? Go Elon, I'd like a ride off this stilly rock.

  12. Jove Bronze badge

    Rising costs in memory have probably been a more significant factor

  13. streaky

    It's a shame that..

    so much of this stuff is made in the UK. Obviously people not buying PC gear made here will ruin us.

    Oh wait.

  14. Imiksimi


    PC sales are down.... Maybe that's because average consumer haven't really needed to buy new machines in years , you don't need an i3 for word let alone an i7.

    Gamers are well aware this is a stupid time to be buying parts. Mining ect.

    Plus everything is going smart you can check your emails on your TV these days. Unless you have some actual work Todo you don't really need a PC anymore

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Intel should be spinning Spectre fear to it's advantage

    "Your CPU is sh*t! Buy our new, improved, secure CPU sh*t!"

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