PCs brave Black Friday

PC makers have some reasons to be thankful, according to new retail sales results from Thanksgiving week.

Overall PC hardware unit sales, which include desktops, notebooks, monitors, PDAs (personal digital assistants) and printers, rose by 4.6 percent that week versus the same period in 2003, according to data to be released late Tuesday by Current Analysis. Revenue, however, decreased by 1 percent during the 2004 Thanksgiving week, said the firm, which tracks retail sales of electronics in the United States.

That period includes Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, which marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is also typically one of the busiest shopping days of the season, helping to set the tone for holiday sales. This year, the National Retail Federation has forecast U.S. retail sales will increase by 4.5 percent to $219.9 billion.

News source: C|Net News.com

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