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No presents for PC companies

The fourth quarter typically brings good cheer, but this year there's little to celebrate, with a weak economy, rumors of war and few compelling reasons to upgrade.

The fourth quarter typically brings good cheer to PC makers, but this year there's little to celebrate. The economy's weak, there are rumors of war, and buyers see a lack of compelling reasons to upgrade. Bah, humbug!

PC companies expect little holiday cheer
A series of reports this week and last reinforces expectations of a ho-hum holiday season, typically the most robust period of the year.
October 18, 2002 
PC market stops declining, for now
update Worldwide shipments grow year over year in the third quarter, the first increase after five straight quarters of declines. New leader Dell is happy, but...
October 17, 2002 
Gateway cuts outlook for year
The PC seller meets third-quarter earnings estimates, but still trims its sales and earnings guidance for the rest of the year.
October 17, 2002 
Apple foresees modest year-end gains
Apple predicted only a slight improvement for the current quarter, which includes the holiday buying season.
October 17, 2002 

previous coverage
Rebates, new desktops fill HP's stocking
Hewlett-Packard quietly introduces four new desktops and improves its rebate program for the holiday season, according to a recent research report.
October 9, 2002 
Emachines unveils holiday lineup
The company plans to unveil its new PC lineup Monday, with five new low-cost desktops in time for the holiday sales season.
October 6, 2002