SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Personal computer sales in the U.S. sagged during the spring as shifting technology trends, upcoming product releases and a shaky economy dampened demand for the machines on the market.
Separate reports released Wednesday by Gartner and IDC estimated the second-quarter decline ranged from 6 percent to 11 percent compared with the same time last year. Gartner Inc. provided the lower of the two figures in the research firms' quarterly analysis of PC shipments.
Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc., the biggest PC makers in the U.S. market, suffered the sharpest drops.
Worldwide PC shipments held up better during the April-to-June period, dipping by just 0.1 percent from last year.
Consumers and businesses have been buying fewer PCs amid the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers such as the iPad.
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