Shipments of personal computers in Japan came to 5.151 million units in the April-September period, up 13 percent from a year earlier for the first increase in 2 1/2 years, an industry association said Tuesday.

The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association said some companies have begun buying new PCs to replace old ones and that consumers are also moving to buy high-end PCs that have a TV function.

Association officials said they did not know how soon a full-fledged recovery in PC shipments can be confirmed.

In terms of value, domestic PC shipments rose 3 percent to 796.8 billion yen in the first half of fiscal 2003, the association said.

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