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Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet will go on sale in the UK and rest of Europe in the second quarter priced somewhere around €899 (£775), the company announced ahead of the Cebit trade show.

Microsoft Germany's CEO Christian Illek didn't give the Surface Pro's exact price in euros, but the number will be around the same as the US price in dollars, he revealed in a news conference at the company's booth on the show floor in Hannover.

The 30% mark-up this represents is not unusual for electronics devices in Europe, where prices are typically displayed inclusive of value-added tax at around 20%. US prices typically exclude local sales taxes. When setting international prices, vendors also tend to allow an additional margin in case exchange rates shift unfavourably.

In addition to Germany, Surface Pro will also go on sale in Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the UK in the coming months, Microsoft said.