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Pandemic sales boom sputters for PCs, smartphones

Global shipments fall in January-March, weighed on by China slowdown

Global demand for personal computers and smartphones appears to be slowing.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Red-hot demand for smartphones and personal computers spurred by homebound consumers during the pandemic appears to be losing steam, with China seeing a particularly pronounced slowdown. 

Global shipments of smartphones and PCs fell in January-March, with Xiaomi, the leading Chinese smartphone supplier, tumbling to a net loss for the period. Major contract manufacturers of electronic equipment saw sales decline in April. 

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