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Historic slowdown for PC sales

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The latest sales figures for personal computers show their popularity continues to wane.

Around the world shipments of PCs slumped nearly 11 percent between April and June from the same quarter a year earlier.

That is the fifth quarter in a row that they were down and the longest decline ever.

PC makers shipped 76 million computers compared with 85.3million in the same period in 2012, according to Research firm Gartner.

It said emerging economies are becoming a lost world to the PC firms.

In those countries, as tablets become cheaper they are being bought as the first computing device by many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC.

It said touch screen tablets and smartphones also account for the collapse of the mini notebook market.