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The COVID-19 pandemic made personal computers more important than ever, and sales exploded two years in a row. But the good times for PC and chip makers now seem to be fading fast. Last quarter’s slump in Chromebook sales has made way for an even bigger decline that’s hitting Windows manufacturers as well, and today, chip maker Intel has revealed a 25 percent decline in consumer chip sales. It says that a “near-term cyclical slowdown” is shrinking the total market for PCs by approximately 10 percent this year.

Earlier this month, Gartner reported that the global PC market had already declined 12.6 percent compared to last year. And today, Apple reported a roughly 10 percent decline in its Mac sales as well.

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