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IPad, Rival Tablet Demand Crimping PC Growth, Gartner Says

Personal-computer shipments will grow at a slower pace than previously forecast as consumers reach for Apple Inc.’s iPad and other tablet devices, Gartner Inc. said.

Gartner lowered its projection for worldwide shipments this year to 387.8 million units, or 10.5 percent growth, from an earlier projection of 15.9 percent growth, according to a report today. The Stamford, Connecticut-based research firm cited decreased demand for laptop computers as the main reason.