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March 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

IDC: Windows 8 should drive stronger PC sales in second half of year

Though growth of PC sales has slowed dramatically, research firm IDC is predicting stronger PC sales in the second half of 2012, thanks to Windows 8 and ultrabooks.

Worldwide PC shipment growth for 2011 ended at 1.8 percent for the year, according to IDC. That’s compared to 13.7 percent growth in 2010.

But IDC predicts the launch of Windows 8 (which many are expecting to happen in October) and “the excitement generated by ultrabooks and other ultra-thin notebooks should drive second half sales in a much stronger way.”

Here’s IDC’s chart:

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