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Tablet sales slow as PCs find their footing: Market tracker IDC

Published on Aug 30, 2014 5:02 AM
 
An Argentine fan holds up a tablet, with what he hopes will be the final results of the match, as he waits for the start of the 2014 World Cup semi-finals between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo July 9, 2014. IDC on Friday cut its forecast for shipments of tablets and "two-in-one" devices combining tablet and laptop features to 233.1 million, saying growth would be about half of what was originally predicted. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Tablets won't eclipse personal computers as fast as once thought, according to studies by market tracker International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC on Friday cut its forecast for shipments of tablets and "two-in-one" devices combining tablet and laptop features to 233.1 million, saying growth would be about half of what was originally predicted.

"When we look at the global picture, it would be easy to say that the tablet market is slowing down," said IDC research director for tablets Jean Philippe Bouchard.

"But, when we start digging into the regional dynamics, we realise that there is still a good appetite for this product category."

 
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