IDC expects Thai floods to hurt PCs in new year

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NEW YORK (AP) ? A research group says the flooding in Thailand won’t hurt PC sales significantly this holiday season.

The disaster’s real effect isn’t expected to hit makers of personal computers until early next year. In a worst-case scenario, PC shipments could drop more than 20 percent from previous forecasts in the first quarter of 2012.

IDC says many of the personal computers that will be sold during the holiday season have already been produced or can be made with existing supplies of hard drives, limiting the disruptions from heavy flooding in Thailand. IDC expects PC shipments in the October-December quarter to be less than 10 percent below earlier forecasts because of constraints in the supply of hard drives.