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Ukraine war curtails pandemic's two-year PC boom

HP, Dell, Asustek cut component orders as industry battles 'one nightmare after another'

Worries over inflation and disruptions to supply chains and demand in Europe due to the the Ukraine war are casting a pall over PC makers' previously bright sales growth numbers.   © AP

TAIPEI -- Global computer brands are cutting their forecasts for the next six months amid concerns over inflation and the war in Ukraine, in a sign that the two-year boom in PC demand is starting to cool.

The onset of the pandemic in 2020 led to a surge in remote working and learning, which in turn fueled demand for computers. That trend lasted through the January to March quarter, but Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February has disrupted supply chains and thrown PC makers' planning for the coming quarters into disarray.

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