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Tablet boom makes Apple No 1 PC maker: research firm
January 30, 2012 / 9:40 PM / 6 years ago

Tablet boom makes Apple No 1 PC maker: research firm

(Reuters) - Apple Inc overtook Hewlett-Packard Co as the world’s largest vendor of personal computers in the fourth quarter, helped by booming demand for its iPads, research firm Canalys said on Monday.

A man shows an example of an iBook textbook on an iPad after a news conference introducing a digital textbook service in New York January 19, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

In the fourth quarter, tablet demand helped drive the global PC market 16 percent higher than a year ago to 120 million computers, Canalys said.

Excluding tablets, the market fell 0.4 percent from a year ago, said Canalys, one of the first research firms to include tablets in PC forecasts. Other firms have said they will likely follow.

Reporting By Tarmo Virki; editing by Andre Grenon

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