Demand for PCs Falters

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Wall Street Journal, 3/14/11

Global shipments of personal computers declined for the first time since the end of the recent recession, as consumers remained more attracted to tablets and business spending was still muted.

International Data Corp. said global PC shipments fell 3.2% in the first quarter, while Gartner Inc. reported a 1.1% drop. Both firms previously had forecast slight growth for the quarter. Gartner said the last time sales had fallen was in the second quarter of 2009.

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