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U.S. PC Shipments Jump 17% Buoyed by Commercial, Educational Demand

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Notebooks turned in the best performance during the second quarter of this year, while desktops saw a healthy rebound, says Canalys.

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The U.S. personal computer market showed strong growth last quarter as the economy continued its recovery and demand surged from the commercial and educational sectors. In a report published on Wednesday, research firm Canalys pegged second-quarter PC shipments in the U.S. at 36.8 million, a rise of 17% from the same quarter in 2020.

Looking at the entire market including desktops, notebooks, Chromebooks and tablets, Canalys pointed to notebooks as the best performers for the quarter with an increase in shipments of 27%. Desktops, which often are hit by declining demand, staged a vigorous comeback with a bounce of 23%.

On the downside, tablet shipments fell by 1%. The tablet market mushroomed last year as people forced to quarantine at home searched for devices for entertainment and communication. Since then, the need for tablets has decreased in comparison to traditional PCs, according to Canalys.

For the quarter, iPads saw healthy demand as Apple adroitly kept up with component shortages. But other tablet vendors, such as Amazon and Samsung, also gained ground.

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