From Mainframes To Clones, A Tricky Time

Perhaps the most popular characterization of the U.S. computer market in 1992--and easily the kindest--is that it will be a year of transition. Suppliers at every level, from giant IBM to tiny PC clone makers, will be adjusting any way they can to the industry's rapidly changing economics. They will be shedding employees by the thousands, killing off marginal product lines, and teaming up to share costs. Industry revenues will grow about 6%, up from last year, but still short of the 10% or more in previous years, analysts say.

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