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Holiday PC Shipments Mark First Decline Since 2001

Personal-computer shipments fell 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter -- the first holiday-period slump since 2001 -- as consumers and retailers shifted to tablets and smartphones, researcher IDC said.

Worldwide PC shipments declined 3.2 percent for all of 2012, dragged down by lackluster holiday season demand, according to Framingham, Massachusetts-based IDC. In 2011, PC shipments rose 1.7 percent.