"[The commercial sector is] expected to post 11.3 percent growth in PC shipments next year compared with consumer growth rates of 8 percent worldwide and just 5.1 percent in the United States. In the third quarter, growth in worldwide consumer PC shipments slipped to less than 8 percent, down from a peak of more than 25 percent in the year-ago quarter."
Market research firm Gartner, however, released a forecast last month that claimed that the PC industry would experience further consolidation driven by slower growth rates. It expects this to lead to three of the top 10 PC makers exiting the market by 2007.
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