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Tablet surge stunts Christmas PC sales

PCPRO - PC sales were hampered over the crucial Christmas quarter because of the success of the Apple iPad and other tablet devices, according to two leading research firms.

Separate reports from both IDC and Gartner reveal the worldwide PC market witnessed modest growth in the fourth quarter of 2010, with both firms blaming the iPad for lower than expected figures. Gartner pinned year-on-year PC sales growth at 3.1%, while IDC plumped for a more modest 2.7%.

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