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MarketWatch First Take: Rush to beat China tariffs drives PC shipments higher, but that may bode ill for rest of 2019

Personal computer shipments grew in the spring after two consecutive quarters of decline, which could be good for the coming results from chip makers and PC manufacturers, but brings up questions about the second half.

Two analyses of second-quarter PC shipments said Thursday that PC shipments grew: Gartner Inc. reported that PC sales rose 1.5% in the quarter to 63 million units, while rival IDC reported PC sales rose 4.7% in the quarter. IDC includes Chromebooks in its calculations, which typically accounts for much of the difference between the two.Last quarter, both market research firms reported that shipments fell for a second straight period.

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