14 Apr '11, 12am

The world PC market shrank for the 1st time in a year, with the current tablet computer craze to blame: Analysts

The world PC market shrank for the 1st time in a year, with the current tablet computer craze to blame: Analysts

People test a new iPad 2 at a computer store in Berlin. The craze over tablets has caused the personal computer market to shrink for the first time in more than a year, industry tracker International Data Corporation said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS SAN FRANCISCO - FIGURES released on Wednesday showed that the personal computer market shrank for the first time in more than a year due to frugality and a tablet computer craze led by Apple's hot-selling iPads. Global personal computer (PC) shipments declined 3.2 per cent during the first three months of the year in the first slip since the recession ended some 18 months ago, according to industry tracker International Data Corporation. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 84.3 million units during the quarter in a 1.1 per cent drop from the same three months last year, according to figures gathered by research group Gartner. Weak demand for...

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