Domestic shipments and exports of personal computers by Japan’s 23 major PC makers dropped for the first time since 1992, totaling 3.97 million units in the first half of the 1997 business year that ended Sept. 30, an industry group announced Thursday.

Due to the consumption tax hike and sluggish sales of desktop PCs, domestic shipments and exports fell 8 percent in the half-year period from the previous year, the Japan Electronic Industry Development Association reported. However, buoyed by the sales of peripherals, total shipments and exports amounted to 1.39 trillion yen, up 5 percent from the previous year.

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