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Shipments of netbooks dropped by 25 per cent in the past quarter, and the trend is expected to increase with the arrival of more tablet PCs, according to new figures from research firm IDC.
PC shipments in western Europe rose by just 0.5 per cent following the decline in netbook sales over the quarter.
The meagre rise was attributed to high sales in the second quarter, less attractive price points, and the contraction of the netbook market, explained Eszter Morvay, a research manager for IDC's EMEA PC tracker.
"Mini notebooks had started to slow down in Q1, but increasing noise and announcements around media tablets have contributed …