U.S. Workstations Are Really Working In Japan

Last fall, Compaq, IBM, and Apple Computer introduced a U.S.-style personal-computer price war in Japan. At the time, market watchers predicted that the Americans would clean up by tapping huge Japanese demand for low-cost PCs. But so far, it's not a rout. U.S. PC companies will wind up with about 20% of the Japanese market this year, compared with about 16% last year, figures market researcher Data-quest Inc. Among the reasons for the disappointment: Spending on PCs slowed along with the Japanese economy.

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