SEATTLE Jan 10 Holiday season sales of personal
computers fell for the first time in more than five years,
according to tech industry tracker IDC, as Microsoft Corp's
new Windows 8 operating system failed to excite buyers
and many opted for tablet devices and powerful smartphones
instead of PCs.
PC makers such as Hewlett-Packard Co, Lenovo Group
and Dell Inc sold 89.8 million PCs worldwide
in the fourth quarter of last year, down 6.4 percent from the
same quarter of 2011. That was slightly worse than expected by
For all of 2012, 352 million PCs were sold, down 3.2 percent
from 2011. That was the first annual decline since 2001,
according to IDC.