PC shipments up as XP support ends

JIJI

Personal computer shipments in Japan surged 23.2 percent in May from a year earlier to 875,000 units, climbing for eight straight months, an industry group said Monday.

The double-digit surge reflects increasing replacement demand due to the end of Microsoft Corp.’s support service for its aging Window XP operating system on April 9, an official from the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association said.

The value of PC shipments rose 30.9 percent to ¥73.1 billion, with the average PC price boosted by manufacturers’ shift toward producing more expensive, high-performance models.