Global personal-computer shipments unexpectedly fell 3.2 percent in the first quarter as businesses and consumers held off on purchasing new machines and shifted focus to tablet computers, market-research firm IDC said.
A separate source - Gartner Inc. (IT) said in an e-mailed statement that worldwide first-quarter PC shipments fell 1.1 percent to 84.3 million units, the first year-over-year drop in six quarters. Gartner, based in Stamford, Connecticut, had forecast an increase of 3 percent. U.S. shipments declined 6.1 percent, the research firm said. >