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Global PC sales target cut as tablets rise

Research firm Gartner has lowered its view on global PC market growth for 2011, as consumers in developed markets are choosing tablets like Apple's iPad over small laptops, Reuters has reported. The PC market is now expected to grow 9.3% this year, down from the 10.5% it previously forecast, due to economic uncertainties as well as a lack of compelling PC products, Gartner said. "Mini-notebook shipments have noticeably contracted over the last several quarters, and this has substantially reduced overall mobile PC unit growth. Media tablets, such as the iPad, have also impacted mobile growth," Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said.