US-made PC shipments at lowest level in 14 years

Shipments for US-made PCs and related equipment plunged nearly 25% in October 2006 to the lowest level in at least 14 years. Shipments of PCs, mainframe computers and peripheral gear fell 24.9% to $4.72 bln, from $6.28 bln in September 2006, US Commerce Department said. The figure was the lowest since the government began tracking those figures in 1992. Orders fell a similar amount, dropping 25.6% to $4.77 bln, the third-lowest level since 1993. The drop helped push down orders for all electronic products 10.2% to $27.58 bln.