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October through December domestic shipments of personal computers grew 16 percent from the same period the previous year, marking the second consecutive quarter of a year-on-year increase, an industry association said Thursday.

PC shipments for the period reached 1,852,000 units, a record high for an October-December period, according to the Japan Electronic Industry Development Association. The domestic PC market, led by growing demands of consumers, has now been put back on the recovery track, the association said, predicting that fiscal 1999 will see shipments grow 8 percent to 7.8 million units.

On the other hand, PC prices kept falling during the quarter to hit a record low. The average price for PCs on the domestic market was 213,000 yen for the quarterly period, the association said.

In terms of value, all domestic PC and PC-related shipments came to 488.8 billion yen, 5 percent up from the same period the previous year, the association said.

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