IDC raises 2012 forecast for tablets, thanks to demand from iPad, competition from Kindle

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Associated Press Newswires 

NEW YORK — Thanks to strong demand for Apple’s iPad and competing devices such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire, worldwide shipments of tablet computers are likely to grow faster than expected this year, according to a newly revised forecast from a leading market-research group.

IDC said shipments in the last three months of 2011 were higher than expected. As a result, the research group now projects shipments of 106 million in 2012, up from its previous forecast of nearly 88 million.

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