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PC Sales in U.S. Plunge as Smart Speakers, Etc. Take Consumer Dollars, Says Gartner

Shipments of personal computers fell 2% in Q4, year over year, to 71.6 million units, capping a 2.8% decline for the year in total, according to the latest data today from research firm Gartner. It was the 13th quarter in a row of falling PC sales, and the sixth year in total that sales have dropped. Gartner finds some signs of optimism, it said, including rising sales In Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Sales in the U.S. showed a “steep decline,” said Gartner, falling 8%, year over year.