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PC Shipments Fall 8.6 Percent Amid Tepid Back-to-School Demand

Worldwide personal-computer shipments fell in the third quarter, reaching their lowest level for the period since 2008, amid lackluster demand from students returning to school, market researcher Gartner Inc. said.

In the sixth consecutive quarterly decline, global unit sales fell 8.6 percent to 80.3 million, Gartner said yesterday in a statement. Growth in the U.S., where shipments climbed 3.5 percent, helped make up for weak volume in other regions, the Stamford, Connecticut-based firm said.