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iPad prompts Gartner to trim PC shipment forecast

PC shipments around the world should rise this year and next, according to the latest estimates from Gartner. But the forecast doesn’t look as promising as it did a few months ago, largely due to the impact of the iPad and other tablets.

For 2010, computer shipments are expected to hit 352.4 million units, a 14.3 percent rise from 2009. But that estimate is down from Gartner’s prior forecast in September in which it was eyeing growth of 17.9 percent for the year…

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