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Personal-Computer Shipments Unexpectedly Rise Last Quarter

The global personal-computer industry unexpectedly grew in the first quarter, marking a turnaround after the sluggish European economy and component supply shortages had dragged down the market last year.

PC shipments climbed 1.9 percent to 89 million units, compared with predictions for a 1.2 percent drop, according to Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner Inc. Another research firm, IDC, also reported a surprise increase for the quarter.