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Global PC Sales Fall Over Holiday Period

Jan 11 2013

Worldwide sales of personal computers fell over the crucial holiday period for the first time in five years, despite the introduction of a new Windows operating system that was meant to boost demand for personal computers.

Market research firm IDC reported Friday that global shipments of personal computers fell 6.4 per cent to 89.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, with much of the drop caused by increased spending on tablets and smartphones.

HP retained its top spot among PC vendors with 15.02 million computers sold and a 16.7 per cent market share.

But Lenovo is catching up fast, with the Chinese computer maker seeing growth of 8 per cent for a market share of 15.7 per cent, IDC said.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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