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Global sales of personal computers fell by 3.2 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year amid higher demand for smartphones and tablets, U.S.-based market research company International Data Corporation said Friday.
A total of 352.42 million PCs were sold worldwide last year, down from 363.89 million units sold in 2011.
In the fourth quarter of 2012, PC sales declined by 6.4 percent relative to the same period of the previous year, the first inter-annual decline in that quarter since 2007.
Demand for computers fell in the final three months of last year despite the release of the new Windows 8 operating system, IDC said.
Hewlett-Packard remained the global market leader in 2012 with 58.13 million PCs sold, down 6.7 percent from 2011 and representing a 16.5 percent market share.