By Jonathan Davies

Samsung has announced it is to stop selling laptops in Europe.

It includes Samsung's Chromebooks, which has been some of the best-selling in the category.

The electronics giant said it may consider removing laptops from other markets around the world.

In a statement, Samsung said: "We quickly adapt to market needs and demands.

"In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now.

"This is specific to the region - and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets.

"We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging PC categories."

Market analysis firm IDC has forecast a 5.6% rise in portable PC sales this year. But Samsung doesn't feature in IDC's list of the top 5 PC sellers.

Another electronics firm, Sony, recently made a similar decision. It announced it was selling its Vaio business and pulling out of PC sales completely.

Samsung yesterday (Wednesday) launched its latest 'phablet', the Galaxy Note 4, ahead of schedule after Apple reported record sales for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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