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Report that PCs outsold TVs was wrong

The Consumer Electronics Manufacturing Association corrected a report that Americans were buying more PCs than TVs.

It was fun while it lasted. Yesterday's report that American consumers in the first three months of 1996 had for the first time bought more PCs than TVs in a fiscal quarter was incorrect. In fact, TVs outsold PCs on the consumer market by a margin of more than 4 to 1.

The accounting error was made by the Consumer Electronics Manufacturing Association, which reported Monday that 660,000 TVs were sold in the first quarter of 1996. A representative reportedly misread a table, and CEMA corrected the mistake. The actual figure was 4.6 million.

About 937,000 PCs were sold through consumer channels in the same period, according to Computer Intelligence InfoCorp.

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