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Global PC shipments edge lower in first quarter: report

TAIPEI--Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments fell only marginally in the first quarter of 2014, indicating that the market may be stabilizing after an extended downtrend, according to the latest report by market research firm Gartner Inc.

PC shipments totaled 76.6 million units in the first three months of the year, down 1.7 percent from the same period a year ago, Gartner said. The year-on-year decline was lower than that of any of the past seven quarters.

"The end of XP (operating system) support by Microsoft on April 8 has played a role in the slight decline in PC shipments," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.

The positive trend played out across every region around the world, as the end of XP support stimulated purchases to refresh PC systems. Sales of professional desktop computers saw the sharpest growth, she said, without providing detailed figures.

The impact of XP migration worldwide is expected to continue throughout 2014, Kitagawa predicted.

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