WSJ.com - Loaded With New Features, PCs Are Selling Like It's 1999: "For the first Christmas since sales started cooling in late 1999, home-PC sales may turn in a strong finish this year, spurred by buyers replacing older machines and the wider acceptance of home-PCs as entertainment-and-imaging devices rather than merely Internet cruisers.
After declining for three years running, PC sales this Christmas season could be up by as much as 19%, says market-watcher NPD Group.
Gains that began with back-to-school sales in August have continued through the fall and carried into recent weeks, retailers and analysts say. And buyers are favoring more-profitable notebook PCs and richer desktops, helping boost retailers' profits."
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