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IDC PREDICTS DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH WILL CONTINUE FOR PCS

Worldwide demand for personal computers will continue its double-digit growth for the rest of this year and into 1988, says market research firm, International Data Corp. IDC predicts that worldwide PC shipments will increase 15.9% to 80.2 million units this year, jumping a further 14.7% to 92 million units in 1998. Having expected a weak US market and robust demand in Asia, IDC says it was surprised to see the reverse situation. The US market has surged, boosted by strong demand from customers attracted to new, lower-cost PCs. IDC expects US PC shipments to reach 31.5 million units in 1997, and to grow another 14.6% to 36.1 million units in 1998. By contrast, Asia in general, and Japan in particular, has proved relatively weak in 1997.

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