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Consumer Electronics

Combined PC and mobile devices market experiences revival

Global demand for PCs and mobile devices has risen in recent months and a study by IT research company Gartner has indicated that worldwide shipments are not expected to slow anytime soon.

Worldwide combined shipments of PCs, tablets, mobile phones and so-called "ultramobiles" was expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a study by the world's leading information technology research and advisory firm, Gartner, revealed on Monday.

Gartner said this would mean a 4.2-percent increase in combined sales from the levels reached a year earlier.

"2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market," Gartner's research director, Ranjit Atwal, said in a statement.

He noted that this specific market segment (desk-based, notebooks and ultramobile tablets) would contract by only 2.9 percent this year, following a staggering 9.5-percent decline in 2013.

Smartphones a hit

Atwal pointed out that the Microsoft's decision not to support Windows XP anymore was playing a certain role in that.

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"Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in western Europe," he said.

The study also expects sales of mobile phones to total 1.9 billion units in 2014, a 3.1-percent increase from the previous year. Smartphone sales would represent 88 percent of global mobile phone sales by 2018, up from 66 percent in the current year, Gartner predicted.

hg/cjc (dpa, Gartner)

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