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Sales of Personal Computers Drop as More Buy Tablets, Phones

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Consumers have been spending a lot more on tablets and smart phones, but less on personal computers, according to a new report.

The research firm Gartner says PC shipments during the summer quarter fell more than 8 percent compared with the year before.

“A continuing slowdown in consumer PC shipments played a big part in the overall PC market decline,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.  “The third quarter was also a transitional quarter before Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system release.”

But the demand for Windows 8 computers during the holiday season may fall short of expectations.

In another change, Gartner says Lenovo took the number one position in worldwide PC shipments for the first time in the company’s history.  Hewlett-Packard slipped to number two.

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