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PC makers aim to cope with falling demand via integration

TOKYO -- Toshiba, Fujitsu and Vaio see an integration of their computer operations as a critical survival strategy as they contend with shrinking markets at home and abroad.

     The rise of smartphones and other devices has cut reliance on PCs in recent years. Sales have fallen in the last year in particular, sagging after a surge in demand ahead of April 2014. Microsoft ended support for the widely used Windows XP operating system at that time, pushing PC owners to replace their computers.

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