MarketWatch First Take: Computers are getting more expensive, and here’s why

The world-wide personal computer industry saw another quarterly decline in sales during the second quarter, as price hikes caused by memory chip scarcity scared some consumers away.

According to data for the second quarter from Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp., PC shipments fell 4.3% and 3.3%, respectively, in the second quarter world-wide. That’s a quicker decline for the PC industry than the previous quarter, when Gartner saw a decline of 2.4% and IDC saw them tick up very slightly at 0.6%, in signs of some stabilization in the market.

One reason both analyses mentioned is higher computer prices for consumers, which they noted was due to higher prices for certain components, namely memory chips.

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