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Record year for laptop sales

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The sale of laptop computers in Sweden reached a new high in the third quarter of 2005, leading analysts to predict that the year's sales will break the record set in 1998.

During 2005 PC sales as a whole are expected to increase by 17% compared to the previous year, with 1.55 million units shifted, according to the company IT Research.

"The previous record from 1998, with 1.4 million computers sold, will therefore be broken," wrote market analyst David Larsson.

The sales have been bolstered by lower prices and an expanding home PC market.

In the third quarter of this year, 363,225 computers were sold. The number of those which were laptops was higher than ever - 42%, or 152,665 units. In Norway more than 50% of computers sold are laptops.

But lower prices mean that while sales are rising dramatically, the income for retailers has only increased by 4% this year to 3.27 billion kronor.

Sales of desktop computers to companies declined by 1% in the third quarter to 103,995 units.

TT/The Local

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