It’s only natural that when things aren’t going well that we look just about anywhere for signs of hope. Witness the latest news about the personal computer market.

IDC reports that worldwide PC shipments returned to positive growth in the third quarter of 2009 (Q309) with an increase of 2.3% after three consecutive quarters of decline. Sounds hopeful, but then again the increase is attributed to what the consultant called strong back-to-school demand. Perhaps more of interest to the business side of the world, however, the decline of commercial PCs also started to slow in Q309, “providing a hint that IT spending will gradually pick up in upcoming quarters,” said IDC. Then again, a slowing decline is still a decline, so I doubt anyone is counting chickens just yet. 

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