(Bloomberg) -- Worldwide personal-computer shipments will fall further than forecast this year as the strong U.S. dollar and the lack of new products threaten sales, researcher IDC said.

Shipments will drop 4.9 percent in 2015 instead of the previous forecast for 3.3 percent decline, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based research firm said in a statement Thursday. PC sellers bought more computers than anticipated in the last three months of 2014 to boost inventory before Microsoft Corp. started to scale back subsidies in early 2015, while the strong dollar is crimping PC exports, the researcher said.

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