Around 1.85m PCs shipped in Japan between October and December, according to figures just released by the Japan Electronic Industry Development Association. The figures, which include PCs for export, show a year-on-year increase of 16%. The total value of shipments during the quarter, including PC peripherals, reached the equivalent of $5.8bn, up 5% from last year, of which $4.3bn was generated from domestic shipments, up 16%. Portable PCs made up 46% of the total, with the percentage increasing and expected to reach 50% this year. Average shipment cost was the equivalent of $1,875, down from $1,930 in the previous quarter, and the sixth straight quarterly decline. PC shipments for the whole year are still down – with 7,851,000 shipped in 1998, a decrease of 5% compared with 1997, and with the value of shipments down 9% to the equivalent of $22.7bn.