“Global shipments for 2004 now are expected to increase by 12.6% over last year to 185 million units, based on a preliminary third-quarter forecast from Gartner, which had predicted in the secondquarter a 13.4% increase.
The reason for the adjustment was a weaker-than-expected second quarter, Gartner analyst Kiyomi Yamada said. Preliminary figures showed a year-to-year 13% increase in PC shipments in the quarter, as opposed to an expected 14.1%. Contributing to the lower numbers in the second quarter were weaker sales in the consumer market, which didn’t have the stimulus of last year’s federal tax cuts, Yamada said. “
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